Di Montezemolo slams Ecclestone criticism
2 December 2012 – Luca di Montezemolo returned to the controversies surrounding the Brazilian Grand Prix by slamming Bernie Ecclestone, who criticised the Italian team for its post-race antics. According to the Ferrari president, he “is no longer in control” of what he says.
The reply from the higher echelons of Ferrari, however, didn’t take long – and it also included some harsh words. Talking to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport as he attended the Ferrari Day in Valencia, di Montezemolo dismissed Ecclestone’s criticism.
The Ferrari president was keen to put the yellow flag matter behind him, and also extended what could be considered as an olive branch to rivals Red Bull.
"The FIA declared that for them there had been no infringement and so the matter was closed," stated the man in charge of Ferrari since late 1991. "Congratulations to Vettel and Red Bull because whoever won after such a difficult season deserved the title and because at Ferrari that is what we do. We would like everyone to congratulate us next season if we win."
"We were nevertheless one of the main protagonists this season," he added. "We challenged for the title right until the end and next year will be very important.
"The most important thing is to be there at the top. We will have to work very hard to give our two drivers a winning car."