Ferrari: F1’s aero-focused rules “a mistake”

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo described the current F1 rules as ‘a mistake that needs changing’.

The team has not won the constructors’ championship or seen one of its drivers crowned champion since the last major regulations change in 2009. Ferrari believe the freeze on engine development has tipped the balance too far in favor of refining aerodynamics.

In an interview for Italian newspaper Corrieri della Serra republished on Ferrari’s website Montezemolo said Red Bull had responded best to the last rules change: “With the current regulations favouring aerodynamics, Red Bull was clever in getting a great designer, Adrian Newey, to get the most out of all aspects of the regulations.”

“I will digress: this aspect of the rules is, in my opinion, a mistake and therefore needs changing. Luckily, the hoped for changes are coming.”

Montezemolo also hit out at the changes made to tires this year following a series of high-speed failures at Silverstone: “I don’t feel it’s right to change the type of tire at the midpoint of the season, for cars designed and developed with different tires, which is another element that contributes to organising the hierarchy.”

Ferrari have claimed the change from steel to Kevlar-belted tires has adversely affected the performance of the F138.