Di Montezemolo: FIA must be vigilant

Friday 14-March-2014 04:34

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has urged the FIA to remain vigilant in order to "avoid any trickery" as F1's new regulations come into play.

As the sport gears up for its first race weekend with the new engines and fuel limits, di Montezemolo has shared his thoughts in the open letter to the tifosi published on Ferrari's website.

In it, the Italian voices his concerns about F1 drivers becoming "taxi drivers" while also urging the FIA to keep an eye on the situation.

"The drivers will have to take care that they do not wear out the tyres and save fuel," he wrote.

"I have already said that I hope they don't turn into taxi drivers and I say that with the greatest respect to taxi drivers, but they obviously do a different job.

"I, like all of you, love an extreme Formula 1 where technology and drivers are always on the limit.

"Such an important set of changes to the regulations is bringing some grey areas, for example fuel, software, consumption...

"In these I am fully expecting the FIA to be vigilant - as I'm sure they will be - to avoid any trickery, which has also taken place in the recent past but must not happen any more for the good of this sport."

The 66-year-old added that he is "anxious" to see how the new regulations will play out especially in light of fears of reliability.

"It seems incredible but another season is about to begin and I, like you, am anxious and in a state of strong trepidation - as happens to me every year, even though I have gone through so many championships as President and, before, as sporting director.

"There are more unknowns and uncertainties about this season than in the past. The rule changes are profound and numerous. It's not just a matter of the new six-cylinder turbo engine, but also systems with integrated electric engines, control units with innovative and complex software, a new package of aerodynamics... In essence it's a complicated car that will also require a different driving style.

"So the first target is reliability, as we clearly saw in the test sessions.

"Everyone has issues; we have lined ours up and we are in the process of resolving them. We're also putting into practice an intense plan of development, which can count on the fact that the data from the wind tunnel have been confirmed by the track comparisons, something that has not happened in recent years."

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