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'The polemics are of no interest to me' - Montezemolo

ESPNF1 Staff
July 27, 2010 « Button speaks out against team orders | »

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has no interest in the team orders controversy surrounding his team after the German Grand Prix.

At Hockenheim Felipe Massa let Fernando Alonso win the race after he was told by Ferrari that his team-mate was faster. The stewards ruled that Ferrari had issued a team order - banned in F1 - and fined it $100,000 ahead of a full investigation by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council.

But despite the story spreading throughout the world's media, di Montezemolo is not taking the bait.

"The polemics are of no interest to me," he told Ferrari's website. "I simply reaffirm what I have always maintained, which is that our drivers are very well aware, and it is something they have to stick to, that if one races for Ferrari, then the interests of the team come before those of the individual. In any case, these things have happened since the days of Nuvolari and I experienced it myself when I was sporting director, in the days of Niki Lauda and not just then…"

Lauda was among the many critics of Ferrari's action at Hockenheim, but di Montezemolo said that he was tired of the criticism and insisted there was good reason for Ferrari's actions.

He added: "Therefore enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe that some people might well have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another, but that is definitely not the case for me or indeed for our fans."

He said that Ferrari was now focused on maintaining its good form at the upcoming races.

"I am very happy for all our fans who finally, yesterday, saw two Ferraris lead from start to finish as they dominated the race," di Montezemolo said. "The result is down to the efforts of all our people, who never give up. Now we have to continue working like this, to improve the car so that is competitive at all the circuits we will encounter."