Montezemolo criticises testing and aerodynamics rules

2011 F1 season

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari, Monza, 2011

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari, Monza, 2011

Luca di Montezemolo hit out at F1’s testing rules and dependence on aerodynamics in a press conference at Monza.

Montezemolo also pressed his point that smaller teams should be able to use cars supplied by the front-running teams.

He told the assembled media: “I still believe it is a good idea, as it was in the past and would be today, if the big teams could give a car to the smaller teams.

“It would certainly produce more competition and would provide an opportunity to run young drivers as well as representing a clear cost saving.

“The current Formula 1 is still too dependent on aerodynamics and cutting out testing during the season has put too much emphasis on simulation work.

“At the mid-point of the last decade, there was definitely too much testing, but now we have gone in the completely opposite direction.”

He played down questions about changes to the team following Ferrari’s performance this year, which has yielded a single win:

“As you know, I have for a long time supported the idea of dynamic stability, which means that while one can always change some pawns, the front line is covered and it?s working very well.

“In our current state, starting from the second and third rows is okay and we are in with a chance in the race tomorrow.”

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48 comments on Montezemolo criticises testing and aerodynamics rules

  1. Commendatore said on 11th September 2011, 5:49

    Enzo Ferrari: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” :)

  2. Daniel said on 11th September 2011, 6:24

    There are a lot of things wrong in these days F1.
    1. If you went off the track you should be punished (there should be no tarmac areas outside of the track), as Jackie Stewart said. I know it is about safety measures but come on, it makes F1 look silly.
    2. There’s too much electronics on the car. There should be no cornering assistance, and so on.
    3. Drivers and teams are playing chess rather than having fight (looking for tyres and other ********). Tyres handling should be the last thing in a pilot mind.
    4. Aerodynamics is too important. There’s lot of corners that were tricky to handle in the past but now they’re piece of cake.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 11th September 2011, 6:34

    I agree with him on testing but I can’t support his other ideas. The 12 teams in Formula 1 have got there through trial, error, hard work and expertise. It would he awful to not allow them to develop their own machine, let them have a true stab at F1 rather than a watered down version. The level of competition across the field at the moment is brilliant. It’s interesting to keep an eye on STR to see how they develop post-Newey designs.

    Of course it’s easy to criticise aero rules when you aren’t winning.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 11th September 2011, 6:35

    @Commendatore Aerodynamics are for people who want to win. Besides, the Mercedes engine is better than the Ferrari one anyway.

  5. Daniel said on 11th September 2011, 7:05

    Sorry Keith; I just missed that word.

  6. Did he just say “PAWNS”? What a terrible thing to say! The more I hear him, the more I tend towards believing he’s an arrogant, condescending person who’s disconnected with reality. And to think he could be the next leader of the Italian government makes things look even worse than they are at the moment!

  7. Tipical Montezemolo comments. Maybe he hate aero today because Ferrari can’t handle it and has wind-tunnel issues

  8. maxthecat said on 11th September 2011, 12:10

    He’s just about nuts enough to take over from Bernie in a few years.

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