Formula 1: Ferrari attack Lauda over Hockenheim comments
Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers on the wide open Formula 1 Drivers Championship which continues at Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix on 29 August.
The controversy surrounding Ferrari team tactics in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim have been raging on during the mid-season break.
Former Scuderia driver Nikki Lauda was the latest F1 personality to condemn Ferrari tactics and suggested they are due a ‘pasting’ when they appear before the World Motor Sport Council on September 8.
The German race stewards judged Ferrari were guilty of unlawfully giving orders for Felipe Massa to allow team-mate Fernando Alonso to pass for victory resulting in an immediate US$100,000 fine being imposed.
Ferrari has hit back at three time world champion Lauda, suggesting he is a hypocrite and questioning his moral stance on tactics in the ‘Horse Whisperer’ column on their official website.
In addressing Lauda’s comments, published on the official Formula 1 website, Ferrari responded:
"The latest missive comes from Austria, from a person, who having hung up his helmet, has never missed out on a chance to dispense opinions left and right, even if, on more than one occasion, he has had to indulge in some verbal acrobatics to reposition himself in line with the prevailing wind.
"This time, good old Niki has missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut, given that, when he was a Scuderia driver, the supposed Ferrari driver management policy suited him perfectly.
"That aside, where was all his moral fury when, over the past years, so many have been guilty of more or less overt hypocritical actions?"
The attack on Lauda’s sincerity comes as the team prepares for next weekend’s Formula 1 continuation with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso believes his car is now very close to the performance of the dominant Red Bulls going into the final third of the season.
Bookmaker Betfred is offering odds of 7/2 for Alonso to overhaul his 20 point deficit to Red Bull’s Mark Webber and go on to win this season’s Drivers Championship.