Ferrari: ??Lauda missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut??

2010 F1 season

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2010Ferrari has hit back at Niki Lauda’s following his public outburst against the team and its use of team orders at the German Grand Prix ?ǣ claiming the Austrian has ??missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut??.

The comments were made on Ferrari?s official website on Friday, in a column entitled ‘Horse Whisperer’.

The Horse Whisperer column states:

After events in Hockenheim, a wave of hypocrisy swept through the paddock, with so many pundits, young and old, keen to have their say: some were promptly brought back into line by his master?s voice, while others continue to pronounce sentence willy-nilly.

The lastest missive comes from Austria, from a person, who having hung up his helmet, has never missed out on a chance to dispense opinions left and right, even if, on more than one occasion, he has had to indulge in some verbal acrobatics to reposition himself in line with the prevailing wind.

This time, good old Niki has missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut, given that, when he was a Scuderia driver, the supposed Ferrari driver management policy suited him perfectly?? That aside, where was all his moral fury when, over the past years, so many have been guilty of more or less overt hypocritical actions?
Horse Whisperer, Ferrari

The former world champion and Ferrari driver said that he expects the Italian team to be heavily punished by the FIA?s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) next month for their use of team orders at the German Grand Prix.

??What they did in Hockenheim was against all rules,?? Lauda said in an interview with the official Formula 1 website.

??Either the rules are changed or everybody observes them. What they?ve done is wrong and they got an immediate punishment ?ǣ and they will get a pasting from the World Council, that is for sure.??

Ferrari’s Horse Whisperer has replied, saying: ??As for any predictions regarding a possible decision from the FIA World Council on 8 September, time will tell: in this sort of situation, the best policy is to respect and to trust in the highest level of the sport?s governing body.??

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82 comments on Ferrari: ??Lauda missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut??

  1. Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 22nd August 2010, 19:52

    It still makes me wonder, what the heck was ferrari thinking. I mean anyone wudve come up with a better line than that! At least say something like, the weather is fine today. :-P

  2. demos12 said on 22nd August 2010, 20:06

    I think ferrari are the stupid ones here. In the interviews after the german gp, they all said that the drivers should act in the interest of the team. Big point? that the team had a 1-2, and according to the team bosses, it doesn’t matter which way the drivers are. Ferrari had a 1-2, then they were stupid, then they insulted our intelligence. now they should face concequences

  3. The Limit said on 23rd August 2010, 5:35

    Ferrari were wrong in what they did in Germany, and verbally bashing a driver that helped win them championships years ago only adds more fuel to the fire and vindicates those who dislike them.
    These comments remind me of Max Mosley calling Jackie Stewart ‘a certified halfwit’ a few seasons ago, totally pointless and unprofessional. They serve no purpose at all and are hollow, spite ridden words. If Ferrari are that fixated on Niki Lauda, I hope they will be equally fixated on beating McLaren and Red Bull this coming weekend.
    The events of Hockenheim 2010 will always be remembered in a negative way as far as Ferrari are concerned, and that is regrettable for a team as highly regarded as they are. I don’t buy the argument that banning team orders is a rule impossible to police, if the powers at be want to police it ofcourse. Match fixing is match fixing no matter what spin one puts on it, and just because it happened ten or twenty years ago does not justify it now! No other sport would, or should tolerate this sort of behaviour as we have seen from Ferrari, and other teams to be fair, over the years.
    If F1 is to break into new ground and attract new fans, it has to be run impartially by the FIA with a set number of rules that are not changed willy nilly every five minutes to suit certain people within the sport. We have to maintain some kind of credibility.

    • John H said on 23rd August 2010, 10:04

      “No other sport would, or should tolerate this sort of behaviour as we have seen from Ferrari, and other teams to be fair, over the years.”

      Ah, but that’s what makes F1 so unique. It is both a team AND an individual sport.

      There is _no way_ of making team orders a black and white issue, and hence the rule should be abolished if we want to maintain credibility by having enforceable sporting rules.

    • chemakal said on 24th August 2010, 14:43

      May I remind you that Lauda was the first to speak and Ferrari has responded. Moreover, Lauda is trying with is words to influence the WMSC’s decission. Has Ferrari no right to defend themselves when team orders are the norm in F1?
      I know Lauda might have not a huge influence on the WMSC but yes on public opinion generating debates like this one. And the F1 is based on image as it’s funded by publicity, so the media inlfuence is huge. Obviously, the british media is always keen on publishing big anything against Alonso/ Ferrari and they warmly welcome Lauda’s words.

    • chemakal said on 24th August 2010, 14:58

      Same as British media kindly hides actions of their british drivers that should be punished much harder because of security reasons; no media pressure, no punishment as a result. You want examples? Yes, Hamilton and lets stick in 2.010: Racing twice in the pits lane (Vettel and Alonso), 4 times direction changed when Petrov was trying to overtake, safety car in Valencia (incredible!), no petrol finsishing in pole position with a monetary sanction. This viedo includes this and some of other years. (where does Whiting come from???)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwm4iqWS8v0&feature=fvw

    • chemakal said on 24th August 2010, 15:04

      Did Ferrari put in danger any driver with their team orders? Did they influence the score of any drivers other than those of Ferrari? Going back to Hockenheim 08, Kov letting pass Hamilton did influence the rest of the race. If Kon would have resisted longer, Ham could not have catched up with Massa and Piquet.

  4. MinusTwo said on 24th August 2010, 15:33

    Anybody else think that Ferrari sounds slightly xenophobic when they make these statements?

    Every time they bad mouth somebody they have to refer to where the person is from. Why in the world is it relevant that “this time it comes from Austria.” Remember when they called Stephan GP “Serbian Vultures”??

  5. DaveW said on 24th August 2010, 15:57

    That is some bona fide crazy-talk. I am now expecting Luca to conclude the hearing by attacking an official with a folding chair and shouting a proposal for a live cage-match into a TV camera.

    F1 does need more non-corporate-speak—I miss people like Stoddart and Jordan who spoke their mind and seemed to actually enjoy their work, but that is different from the attitude shown in the recent spate of belligerent and petty eruptions from Ferrari. Whether its about how they hate the small teams or some injustice by the stewards, it’s all bile all the time.

    Now that RBR has lost its fun edge, and McLaren losing Dennis’s brooding verve, Briatore and his retinue of supermodels gone, F1 has become very dour and without interesting personality—and its prevailing tone is thus becoming this negativity.

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