There are times when Ferrari releases some crazy PR statements, and then there are times where the completely fall off the wagon with what can only be called ridiculous. Yesterday the team released one of those ridiculous statements.
The troubles faced by the new teams on the grid have been well documented by openpaddock and many motorsport publications. Campos Meta’s near collapse teamed with the bloody and ugly falling of USF1 have driven traffic on internet sites through the roof as people search for any bit of news they can as to the new teams fate. Enter Ferrari and their voice of reason published on the Ferrari website.
Ferrari column linked here
I will preface this by saying I have been a die hard Ferrari fan for a long time and have just switched to Mercedes GP upon Michael’s return. I have supported the team through a number of crazy PR statements but none compare to this one. I am also not looking to go open season on Ferrari, but this statement is by far the most ridiculously worded statement from a race team I have ever read. Ferrari bring up a number of good points in this article in terms of the status of the teams. The wording they used could have been different, but for the most part they are telling the fans straight up what is going on. My complaint comes in when Ferrari start tossing around that this is some kind of ”holy war”. Are you kidding me? Did Ferrari just link a poor economy and the changes by former FiA president Max Mosley to that of a “holy war”? They don’t sound like a Formula 1 race team, they sound like a group of jihadists in a struggle against oppression. Along with throwing their usual rhetoric out in a ridiculous form, they take some serious personal stabs at the career aspirations of Jose Maria Lopez. I was no fan of USF1 signing the Argentine driver, but the stab that Ferrari put out was a bit over the top. I can understand that Ferrari is upset at the loss of the big time manufacturers like BMW and Renault (just the name remains there according to Ferrari), but the words and tone used by the Scuderia makes them no better than the new teams coming struggling into the sport. Perhaps they should worry more about Mercedes GP, McLaren and Red Bull then what is going on off the scenes with these newer teams. Ferrari does not even head FOTA anymore so why is it any of their concern what happens. Whether the statements they made about the teams are true or not, the way the team expressed their views this time in my opinion were over the top. That is saying something for a 10 year fan who has heard a lot from the team, this takes the cake.