On the Ferrari official website today, under the headline “Indiscretion” we have this choice little item,
“Guess who opposed the test with the F60? A team that hasn’t won anything for years and yet didn’t pass over the opportunity to demonstrate once more a lack of spirit of fair play.
“Just for the record, the Scuderia Ferrari had given its approval to let Alguersuari test, but it seems even in this instance someone decided to stick to the precise wording of the regulations.”
This is clearly a reference to Williams, who last won a race at the end of 2004. They opposed letting Michael Schumacher test the current car, the F60, ahead of his comeback at Valencia on August 23rd.
Williams said in a statement, “While we welcome Michael Schumacher back to Formula One, the fact is any form of in-season circuit testing is strictly prohibited, a regulation clearly laid out by the FIA and adhered to by all of the teams.”
This isn’t the first time that Ferrari has got a bit feisty on its website. You will recall them slating the proposed new F1 teams during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. Who can forget this little gem?
“Can a World Championship with teams like them – with due respect – can (sic) have the same value as today’s Formula 1, where Ferrari, the big car manufacturers and teams, who created the history of this sport, compete? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to call it Formula GP3?” (look in the May archive on this site for full details).
Williams will be furious at the suggestion from Ferrari that they have “once again” showed that they lack a “spirit of fair play”. If there was a Grand Prix this weekend you could expect a broadside from Patrick Head about Ferrari’s track record in that department (he has very strong views), but perhaps luckily for him there are another two weeks in which to cool off and forget about it.
Ferrari and Williams were at each other’s throats at the start of this season over the double diffuser (Williams had one, Ferrari didn’t) and more recently were on opposite sides over the budget cap (Williams on FIA’s side, Ferrari against).
So it seems that this is a little bit of ‘afters’, as they say in the rugby world.