Ferrari president: Mercedes test was a farce

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has praised the decision to re-introduce in-season testing for 2014, believing that the way in which Mercedes’ ‘private’ test was handled was nothing short of farcical.

Speaking in an interview with Italian publication Corriere della Sera, di Montezemolo criticized the FIA for being too lenient when penalizing Mercedes after the German team illegally tested their 2013 car at the Circuit de Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix. As a result, the team was banned from the young drivers’ test at Silverstone.

“We will finally have testing again and not a farce like what we saw this year with one team doing illegal testing without even paying the right penalty for it,” the Ferrari president explained.

“In this case, I would have expected more clarity and courage from the FIA.”

di Montezemolo believes that this test gave Mercedes a significant advantage, implying that their three victories came as a result of this development work.

“On the other hand, the benefits gained by the team that carried out the secret banned testing are watched by everyone. Before then, it had not won a single grand prix, then after the test it won three out of five races.

“These are the sort of serious incidents that affect F1’s credibility and alter the championship.”

Ferrari are currently enduring a poor run of form, failing to win since the Spanish Grand Prix in May and currently trailing constructors’ championship leaders Red Bull by 83 points.