Montezemolo: F1 must change

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In today?s round-up: Luca di Montezemolo says ??If Formula 1 still wants Ferrari it must change??, saying they will not back down over technical regulations, testing rules and third cars.

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Luca di Montezemolo says Ferrari could leave Formula 1 if rules do not change (Autosport)

??Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned that his team’s continued presence in Formula 1 is dependent on major changes to the rules – as he declared it would not back down over technical regulations, testing rules and third cars.??

2012 Team Name Changes (FIA)

??The FIA, on the basis of the support expressed by its F1 commission chaired by Bernie Ecclestone, which had a meeting in Geneva on November 3, has agreed the following team name changes as from 2012:

Team Name ?ǣ New Chassis Name
Caterham F1 Team ?ǣ From Lotus to Caterham
Lotus Renault GP ?ǣ From Renault to Lotus
Marussia F1 Team ?ǣ From Virgin to Marussia

Williams confirms Raikkonen talks (ESPN)

??Williams shareholder Toto Wolff has confirmed that the team is negotiating with Kimi Raikkonen over a potential return to Formula One.??

LRGP to adopt Lotus chassis name from 2012 (Lotus Renault GP)

Eric Boullier: ??We are very pleased that our chassis name change has been approved. We have said all along that, in the interests of the sport, it is important that we remove any ambiguity on this matter. It is also important that there are clearly identifiable teams on the grid, and today?s announcement goes some way towards ensuring that.

??It is the start of another chapter for Enstone, but not a whole new beginning. The team?s history and experience will allow us to take up this challenge with a controlled and swift process. We?re very much looking forward to 2012.??

Vehicle Design Department (Red Bull)

??Red Bull Technology is inviting candidates to apply for Industrial Placement positions within its Vehicle Design Department.??

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Lots of great F1 memories have been shared on your favourite F1 drivers & teams. alan93rsa says:

I started watching F1 in the mid 60???s. I quickly developed a huge respect for the drivers of those small fragile cars with the skinny tires. Circuits with trees at the edges and fans separated by maybe a fence in the corners. There wasn?t a lot of room for error and I feel they raced one another with a level of respect that has somehow gone missing in today?s field.
alan93rsa

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125 comments on Montezemolo: F1 must change

  1. tmfox (@tmfox) said on 7th November 2011, 12:02

    Okay Luca…. Goodbye!

  2. kenneth Ntulume said on 7th November 2011, 13:57

    I feel for Luca, because the time Ferrari where all that, are gone, chances are the brand of the driver surpasses the brand of a team(in terms of fans) not market value)……..
    For example if Ferrari quit say next year Alonso and Massa, could get drives and chances are there fans would follow them, and other teams would go up in terms of positions, However i must admit, Ferrari is as important to f1 as what Real-madrid is to the Champions league, but if it left the sport, it sure would go on

  3. Fixy (@fixy) said on 7th November 2011, 15:02

    I started watching F1 in the mid 60′s. I quickly developed a huge respect for the drivers of those small fragile cars with the skinny tires. Circuits with trees at the edges and fans separated by maybe a fence in the corners. There wasn’t a lot of room for error and I feel they raced one another with a level of respect that has somehow gone missing in today’s field.
    alan93rsa

    I agree with this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happier if drivers don’t need to risk their lives, but the way drivers headed into a race was very different back then.

  4. sid_prasher (@) said on 7th November 2011, 17:12

    Luca is suggesting things that will clearly help the manufacturers more than the private teams.
    If Ferrari leaves it will be a loss for F1 – just like it will be if McLaren leaves…it just won’t be the same without these teams but Ferrari outside F1 will also lose out. If Ferrari could have run a series on its own successfully then it would have (didn’t they kind of try that in A1GP) already done that.

    But I think a little bit of in season testing will help teams to catch up – especially in seasons like the current one where no one could come close to RBR.

  5. AlanF1 (@alanf1) said on 7th November 2011, 23:35

    On the subject of the third car: I don’t want to see three Ferrari’s entered by the Ferrari team per se.

    What I wouldn’t mind seeing, though, is a relaxation on the rules on customer cars.

    Think of it like this: if it were not for customer cars, Sir Frank Williams would not have been able to break into Formula 1 and learn from the back with his Brabhams and De Tomasos.

    Look at the history of the Williams team and all it has achieved now. If Sir Frank had been looking to do what he did 40 years ago in today’s F1, he would have been told to lump it.

    The way things are, we will never see another team like Williams in F1 which is a crying shame. A team that oozes F1 to its core and exists for no other reason. The rules are too restrictive to build such a team nowadays. F1 has too many bureaucrats restricting everything and anything that moves (sometimes literally!). From teams to technical regulations, theres a rule for absolutely everything.

    Although I have no desire to see third cars on the grid for the purposes that Montezemolo wants to see them (two years ago it was to give Herr Schumacher a plaything without compromising the two main Ferrari drivers when Felipe Massa returned, now it’s to put an Italian car in Stars and Stripes apparently), I wouldn’t mind a relaxation of the rules to the extent that teams like Williams could once again be conceived in the sport.

    If they don’t do it, isn’t there a danger that Formula 1 will just be filled with commercial companies (i.e Red Bull) who ultimately have more important commercial matters on their mind than building their racing heritage?

  6. The Limit said on 8th November 2011, 17:45

    The sport must change. Especially when Ferrari lose badly to a team founded off the back of a major energy drink company! Ofcourse, and Vettel should start every race from the back aswell I suppose just for good measure? What a crybaby.

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