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Di Montezemolo fuming over European Grand Prix

ESPNF1 Staff
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Luca di Montezemolo: "The result of yesterday's race was misrepresentative" © Getty Images

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes the result of the European Grand Prix has cast doubt over the credibility of Formula One.

Ferrari is furious that Lewis Hamilton illegally overtook the safety car but still finished a long way ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa who stuck to the rules. The crux of its argument is that the penalty was dished out too late and, by the time Hamilton served it 16 laps after the incident, he had built up a big enough cushion to hold onto his second position.

Meanwhile, Alonso and Massa lost several places by staying behind the safety car and finished the race in eighth and 11th place respectively, even after the stewards penalised nine drivers by five seconds for speeding during safety car conditions.

"The result of yesterday's race was misrepresentative," di Montezemolo said. "Ferrari, which showed itself to be competitive in the European Grand Prix, paid a price that was too high for respecting the rules. Meanwhile those who didn't follow the rules were penalised by the race officials in a way that was less severe than the damage suffered by those who did respect them.

"That is a very serious and unacceptable event that creates dangerous precedents, throwing a shadow over the credibility of Formula One. We are sure that the FIA will fully analyse what happened, taking the consequent necessary decisions. Ferrari will watch this with interest."