Ferrari F1: Slow teams and drivers a ‘problem’ – Montezemolo image

An incident in Canada was evidence F1 took a wrong turn in its approach to the bottom half of the grid, according to Luca di Montezemolo.

The Ferrari president was staunchly opposed to the entrance in 2010 of the low-budget new teams Virgin, Team Lotus and Hispania.

He argued that a better approach would have been for the big teams to enter third cars that can be driven by promising and talented newcomers or veterans.

A furious Felipe Massa said after Montreal that he was fighting for the win when collided with HRT’s Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan.

“He was going very slowly on the dry line but then, as I was passing him on the wet, he accelerated,” said the Brazilian.

According to O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, Massa’s description of Karthikeyan immediately after the race was “unprintable”.

Montezemolo told Italian Sky Sports 24: “This is the problem of slow cars and inexperienced drivers.”