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Volume 10 No. 23
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Ferrari President Luca Di Montezemolo Expects Changes To Come At FIA

Ferrari said it expects "strong changes" at F1's governing body after criticising several recent decisions made by the FIA, according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. Ferrari President Luca Di Montezemolo "condemned penalties given to his driver Felipe Massa and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix" and "criticised a lack of punishment for Mercedes for an illegal test in May." Di Montezemolo: "I expect strong changes. For too many years the FIA has always been the same and a change is required." Di Montezemolo, a "powerful man within F1 because the sport's structures guarantee Ferrari a major say in decision-making, was careful to emphasise that he was making his remarks in a spirit of collaboration." Di Montezemolo: "A strong sporting authority is always a priority for Ferrari." Di Montezemolo also scoffed at F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's suggestion last week that "he could be succeeded as F1 commercial boss by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner." Di Montezemolo: "Ecclestone sees Horner as his successor? As the years go by, he more and more enjoys making jokes and I'm happy he still has the desire to do so" (BBC, 11/27).