Ferrari: This is F1, not Cirque du Soleil


Ferrari were unimpressed by their rivals' decision to do "funny things for the TV" during the rain breaks at the United States Grand Prix.

Heavy downpours meant Saturday's qualifying was postponed until Sunday morning, but the official announcement came late in the day, leaving teams with plenty of free time on their hands.

The mechanics from Force India, Sauber and Williams decided to entertain the fans who had waited for hours by doing Mexican waves, rowing made-up boats and breakdancing.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat took it even further by doing some ballroom dancing outside the team garage.

Ferrari didn't get involved in the shenanigans and team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was not amused.

"We are a Formula 1 team, not the Cirque du Soleil," the Italian said. "It’s fine if somebody entertains the public, it’s absolutely fine.

"But we signed autographs for all the people that were waiting, and we took some of the children in wheelchairs into our pit box.

"We prefer to do these things, rather than simulating fishing and doing funny things for the TV. That is not really doing something for the fans."

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen also didn't like what he saw at the Circuit of the Americas.

"I think this is F1 and not the circus," he said. "The people are obviously not happy when we’re not running but we cannot make them happy with whatever we do apart from running [on track] and we couldn’t give it because of the weather.

"Sometimes, it’s no wonder when people start thinking about what F1 is, when these kind of things happen.

"This was everyone’s choice but, for me, we are here racing and doing our work."