2010 F1 season
Ferrari 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 – 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 – 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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