Ferrari boss warns of taxi drivers and trickery

Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:10pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned against possible technical 'trickery' as Formula One enters a new and uncertain era.

In a letter to Ferrari fans ahead of Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Montezemolo also expressed concern that the rule changes could turn the likes of Fernando Alonso into 'taxi drivers' rather than racers on the limit.

Formula One has swapped the old 2.4 liter V8 engines for 1.6 liter V6 turbo power units with complicated energy recovery systems and an emphasis on fuel economy.

"Such an important set of changes to the regulations is bringing some grey areas, for example fuel, software, consumption," wrote Montezemolo.

"In these I am fully expecting the FIA to be vigilant - as I'm sure they will be - to avoid any trickery, which has also taken place in the recent past but must not happen any more for the good of this sport."

Teams are allowed just 100kg of fuel to last the race this season, compared to 150-160kg last year, and the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) is responsible for policing that and fuel flow rates.

Formula One has had numerous scandals and controversies over the years, with champions Red Bull last year hitting out at accusations they were using some form of banned traction control.

Montezemolo, who has been involved in Formula One since the 1970s, said the new season had more unknowns and uncertainties than in the past.

"In essence it's a complicated car that will also require a different driving style," he said. "It will also be a difficult championship for the spectators to follow.   Continued...

Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo speaks during the media day ahead of the 84th Geneva Motor Show at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann