Luca di Montezemolo says the FIA must look out for 'trickery' in 2014 season

Ferrari chief also concerned new rules will turn F1 stars into "taxi drivers"

By Mike Wise in Melbourne.   Last Updated: 14/03/14 9:19am

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Luca di Montezemolo: Concerned F1 stars will become "taxi drivers"

Luca di Montezemolo: Concerned F1 stars will become "taxi drivers"

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Ahead of the new F1 season, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has said the FIA must be "vigilant to avoid any trickery" the new technical regulations might encourage.

In an open letter to the Scuderia's tifosi fans, Montezemolo also expressed concern that the reduced 100kg fuel limit drivers must now deal with might turn them into "taxi drivers".

"The drivers will have to take care that they do not wear out the tyres and save fuel," he wrote. "I have already said that I hope they don't turn into taxi drivers and I say that with the greatest respect to taxi drivers, but they obviously do a different job.

"I, like all of you, love an extreme Formula 1 where technology and drivers are always on the limit."

Montezemolo continued: "Such an important set of changes to the regulations is bringing some grey areas, for example fuel, software, consumption... In these I am fully expecting the FIA to be vigilant - as I'm sure they will be - to avoid any trickery, which has also taken place in the recent past but must not happen any more for the good of this sport."

The 66-year-old, who was Ferrari's Sporting Director in the 1970s, added that despite his long tenure in the sport, he remained "anxious and in a state of strong trepidation" ahead of the new season.

"There are more unknowns and uncertainties about this season than in the past," said Montezemolo, who also acknowledged that Ferrari have work to do perfecting their F14 T car.

He added: "Everyone has issues; we have lined ours up and we are in the process of resolving them. We're also putting into practice an intense plan of development, which can count on the fact that the data from the wind tunnel have been confirmed by the track comparisons, something that has not happened in recent years."

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