December 20, 2008
Luca di Montezemelo, Ferrari supremo, recently suggested that it's time for Darth Ecclestone to step down from his position in F1. In an interview with the Times of London, Ecclestone replied in a fairly incendiary way:
"The only thing he has not mentioned is the extra money Ferrari get above all the other teams and all the extra things Ferrari have had for years - the 'general help' they are considered to have had in Formula One. Ferrari get so much more money than everyone else. They know exactly what they get, they are not that stupid, although they are not that bright, either. They get about $80 million more. When they win the Constructors' Championship, which they did this year, they got $80 million more than if McLaren had won it. They were the only team that broke ranks with the other manufacturers (in 2003, during a teams revolt involving a plan for a breakaway series- Wonderduck)- why did they break ranks? That's where the $80 million comes in. We 'bought' Ferrari. We 'bought' Ferrari's loyalty. Our deal with Ferrari was that we 'bought' them so they would not go to the others."Ignore that, Ferrari loyalists. Yes, your team is the most popular. Granted. Your team has also been helped by the powers-that-be for YEARS. That's like Major League Baseball having different rules for the Yankees than for everyone else.
I didn't much like Ferrari before this. I can now honestly state that I loathe them. It's been obvious to any fan with a working brain that Ferrari has been given breaks; now it'll be obvious to even the most hardcore tifosi that the playing field isn't level, and hasn't been for years.
Anybody think McLaren might think about a lawsuit or two now?
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