Montezemolo: As it is now Formula 1 has no chance

Luca Di Montezemolo

Luca Di Montezemolo not happy

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has warned that he is prepared to take action to improve Formula 1 as a spectacle, as he believes that the sport is becoming increasingly difficult to understand for fans.

Fiercely critical of the sport’s direction, culminating in the new era of quiet, hybrid engines, the Ferrari president recently wrote a letter inviting the sport’s major stakeholders to an emergency meeting.

Speaking with news magazine Focus, the 66-year-old laid out his repeated sentiments: “The rules are too complicated, the drivers have turned into taxi drivers. They must save fuel and tyres instead of being fast.”

“The teams have to decide how much fuel they’re using and how many tyres are wearing out. Before, it was the best man winning in the best car,” he declared.

“Now, the viewers – the ones in the stands and the ones in front of their TVs – no longer understand. As it is now, we must do something. Otherwise Formula 1 has no chance,” added the man who masterminded Ferrari’s F1 renaissance in the mid-seventies.

Formula 1 2014 style is not good enough says Ferrari boss

Formula 1 2014 style is not good enough says Ferrari boss

Montezemolo said that it is up to Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone to act, and “If he doesn’t, I’ll do it myself. I see it as my duty,” he insisted.

“The need to do something to recover the lost charm of Formula 1 is urgent,” said Montezemolo. At the very same time, there are those who believe that Ferrari have more pressing issues to address, such as the pace of our Formula 1 car.

It is believed that engine chief Luca Marmorini has now paid the price for Ferrari’s 2014 struggles by being forced to leave Maranello, and the latest reports are that designer Nikolas Tombazis and technical chief Pat Fry are also in doubt.

The trend has Ferrari insider Leo Turrini worried, “I do not think the decline in performance can be attributed to individuals,” he said in his Quotidiano blog, instead pointing out a culture change since the end of the ultra-successful Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt-led era. (GMM)