Paris, 31st July 2007 – “Max Mosley, president of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in Paris, announced that he will send the case to the body’s court of appeal to allow Ferrari to present its case, after the ruling that no sanctions were to be imposed on McLaren.”
This is quite important news. Although it has to be said that the Appeal Court is part of the Federation itself, and that it was this Federation that decided just four days ago that McLaren was not guilty of the well known facts of this spy story, which has been of major interest for the last couple of months for the whole F1 world and beyond.
Well, now people might ask if there is or if there isn’t someone guilty. But more than anything else it was the Federation itself that did not sentence the British-German team. So how can it be possible now that we have to hear from its President that they have to completely review the verdict? It’s not that we don’t like what is happening right now; on the contrary. As many amongst you have already underlined, we have always claimed and still claim that the sentence has been profoundly unjust – in its outcome and its proceedings – but also against the interests of Ferrari and against the spirit of the sport itself, if one can still say it like that after all that has happened...I claim that this kind of behaviour by the body who should govern the highest level of motor sports is really absurd. I don’t know what you think but I myself am really tired of all that’s going on and I can’t wait to see the cars on the track again; maybe even in the rain as it was in Germany, so we might see some nice overtaking manoeuvres….
I know, I am uncureably romantic, but at least I can console myself with the certainty that amongst you there is still someone who thinks as I do….