Ferrari Launches Attack over FIA for New Entries Chaos

Just when peaceful feelings have seemed to settle down between Ferrari and the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the Italian company launched a sequel attack over the ruling body regarding its policy to allow new teams to enter the Great Circus starting the 2010 season.

In a column entitled the Horse Wisperer on Ferrari's official site, the Scuderia heavily criticized the Paris organization for chasing manufacturers such as Toyota, BMW and Honda in exchange of allowing smaller teams to enter the series. The accusations are no news to the ears of the FIA, as Ferrari last year pointed to the ruling body for trying to turn F1 into some kind of a Formula GP3.

Ferrari's new statement is related to the difficulty of Campos Grand Prix and US F1 to secure the funding for an F1 campaign in 2010, as both are believed to skip the first race(s) of the new season due to lack of finance. Additionally, Ferrari also had something to say about Serbian outfit Stefan GP.

Of the thirteen teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year's Championship, to date only eleven of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometres, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace,” said the column.

As for the twelfth team, Campos Meta, its shareholder and management structure has been transformed, according to rumours which have reached the Horse Whisperer through the paddock telegraph, with a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last minute rescue deal.”

“However, the beneficiaries of this generosity might find the knight in question expects them to fulfil the role of loyal vassal. All this means, it is hard to imagine the Dallara-designed car showing its face at the Catalunya Circuit, with Sakhir a more likely venue to witness the return of the Senna name to a Formula 1 session.”

“The thirteenth team, US F1, appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the dismay of those like the Argentinian, Lopez, who thought he had found his way into the Formula 1 paddock, (albeit with help from chairwoman Kirchner, according to the rumours) and now has to start all over again. Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky.”

“Next, we have the Serbian vultures. Firstly, they launched themselves into a quixotic legal battle with the FIA, then they picked the bones of Toyota on its death bed.”

“Having got some people on board, around whom there was still a whiff of past scandals, they are now hovering around waiting to replace whoever is first to drop out of the game, possibly with backing from that very same knight in shining armour whom we mentioned earlier.

Needless to say, Ferrari doesn't blame the current rulers of the FIA for this situation, but looks at it as a legacy from former president Max Mosley, whom the Italians hold personally responsible for the current situation in the sport.

This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand – you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith – and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it. In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there's not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?
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