It seems there was actually going to be a Ferrari announcement today but those plans have been delayed.
Though still a rumor, a senior-level Ferrari source confirmed that there was originally going to be an announcement today. The reason for the delay is not clear yet.
This news comes almost a day after a Wall Street Journal interview was published with Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. In the interview, which can be read at the link above, di Montezemolo goes into detail over his discontent with the FIA and its rules for Formula 1.
In the WSJ Interview, Montezemolo complained about rules that forbid engine development during the season, a rule that has left Ferrari a distant third in the standings. “And we cannot touch the engine?” he said, visibly frustrated. What the Ferrari boss is discussing is the engine rules where there’s a large development freeze; mostly to “guard from extreme engines” (read as: hinder innovation).
Montezemolo suggested that his company could instead pursue endurance racing of the type practiced at Le Mans, perhaps as soon as 2020. Ferrari competed at the top levels of sports-car racing from 1947 to 1973, winning Le Mans nine times, but left the sport at the end of 1972, with founder Enzo Ferrari deciding to concentrate resources on F1. Ferrari has been a continuous presence on the Grand Prix grid for more than a half-century.
This isn’t the first time Ferrari has threatened to leave F1 as well. Back in 1984, Enzo Ferrari began building a CART series racing car to compete in the 1985 season with but at the last moment, he changed his mind.
This interview also comes a few months after dropping millions into refurbishing their wind tunnel. “Nobody watches racing for the efficiency, come on.” he says during the interview.
I can’t wait to see how this plays out next year? Will the FIA change the tules to Ferrari’s liking or will Ferrari historically abandon F1 for the first time since they entered in 1950? Only time will tell.
Car in Featured Image: Ferrari F2005
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