Mosley accuses Ferrari of being ‘small-minded’

Date published: November 25 2015

Former FIA president Max Mosley has accused Ferrari of "not looking at the bigger picture" when they decided to veto the latest engine cost cap plan.

Many teams have complained that their expenses have gone up following the introduction of the V6 power units, which prompted the FIA to look at ways to reduce customer engine supply costs.

One of their proposals was to introduce a cost cap, but Ferrari used its historic veto right to block it and the FIA is now seeking an alternative engine supplier for 2017.

"It is a decision that is defending a commercial principle," Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said.

Mosley, though, says the bigger outfits are protecting your own brands.

"What I would say is these companies are in it to promote their image, their brand and promoting your brand is expensive," he told Sky Sports F1.

"So I would be inclined to pick a much lower figure, something in the 5 or 6m Euro bracket, depending on what the teams can afford. But I think it would have to be done in that bracket and then say to them that's what you'll supply for."

He added: "I wasn't involved in the decision-making process, but I would have thought it was fairly straightforward to sit the manufacturers down and say 'you are in this to promote your brands'."

It is not the first time that the FIA's cost-cutting proposals have been rejected and Mosley feels Ferrari should have been "a little bit more generous".

"You've got to look at the bigger picture if you are Ferrari," he said. "Formula 1 that doesn't work isn't good for Ferrari because it is a huge marketing tool for them. So I think they should have been a little bit more generous and, of course, the veto anyway is a sort of thing from history.

"It came from the fact that Ferrari sat between us, the British teams, and the FIA like the fulcrum of the balance and if they moved a little bit one way or a little bit the other way, could have an influence out of proportion to the size of the team and that gradually grew into a situation where they had an effective veto all the way through.

"But I think it showed a certain small-mindedness and if I were in the position of Ferrari I'd be inclined to say 'I need Formula 1 to succeed and therefore I will do everything I can to see that it will succeed and if I don't win it is my engineers' fault as they have the resources and they should get on with it'."