Ferrari Boss: We're Building Cars, Not Airplanes
It's no secret that the engine freeze in Formula One, decided upon by the FIA a few years back, has led to a new structure in development for all teams, as all resources were switched from the engine department to the design one. Drawing a car able to make the most of its aerodynamic bits has become en element of great importance in this new era of the Great Circus, and Ferrari seem to have missed the lesson in recent years.
“Formula 1 is too much by the aerodynamics. We build more airplanes than cars,” said an angry Luca di Montezemolo in a recent interview with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, clearly unhappy with how the F1 regulations have developed in recent years.
As a team, Ferrari hasn't battled for the world title since 2008, and the lack of consistency in previous campaigns is clearly unacceptable for a team that used to win titles like there was no tomorrow. One explanation may lay in the fact that in-season testing is now banned by the FIA, which caused Ferrari to lose the advantage they had over their rivals in that particular aspect.
“We must not lose Formula 1's DNA,” he added, angry that Ferrari can't use its multitude of test track through the duration of one season.
In addition, the Italian boss has urged the FIA to reconsider its engine regulations for the 2013 F1 season, which will see the current V8s be replaced by 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged units.
“The next step is the cylinder. We are not building motorcycles. The challenge is to make an eight-or twelve-cylinder economical,” he added.
Perhaps when a new Concorde Agreement will be negotiated next year, Ferrari could use some of that to put pressure on the FIA. In fact, isn't it obvious enough that the Italians are trying to set the stage for another political turmoil in 2012?