Di Montezemolo: GP2 has no value
18 September 2013 – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has again spoken out over the restrictive testing rules in the top echelon, expressing his opinion that a lack of opportunities to run young drivers in Formula 1 machinery devalues the GP2 feeder series.
The 66-year-old has long been an advocate of increased testing, with Ferrari possessing its own private test track at Fiorano. In light of newly-appointed Force India reserve driver James Calado stating the importance of gaining mileage at the highest level, Montezemolo has confirmed that, for his team at least, good performances in GP2 mean little.
When asked by Gazzetta dello Sport whether the sport's cost-cutting measures have been successful, the Italian commented: "No, they've not been reduced. The rate of increase has reduced, but the level is still too high. We would have to return to the less sophisticated F1 of the mid-Nineties, resuming testing to give youngsters a run, because today, GP2 is a laughingstock with no value. And the few tests we do have, well naturally the race drivers do them."
In the last young driver test at Silverstone, the squad ran with the outgoing Felipe Massa, and 27-year-old Italian Davide Rigon.