Formula One: Ferrari React to Hockenheim Hypocrisy
Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers on the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Budapest on Sunday 1 August.
Ferrari have come in for much criticism following the controversial incident when Felipe Massa slowed down to allow team mate Fernando Alonso to pass and gain victory in the German Grand Prix last Sunday.
Speaking to the team’s official website, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo dismissed the hullaboo as hypocrisy and that the interests of the team will always come before those of the individual driver.
He said: “The polemics are of no interest to me. I simply reaffirm what I have always maintained, which is that our drivers are very well aware, and it is something they have to stick to, that if one races for Ferrari, then the interests of the team come before those of the individual.
"In any case, these things have happened since the days of (Tazio) Nuvolari (a Ferrari star of the 1930s).
"I experienced it myself when I was sporting director, in the days of Niki Lauda, and not just then.
"Therefore enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe some people might well have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another. But that is definitely not the case for me, or indeed for our fans."
Alonso’s victory earned him 25 points in the Drivers Championship; he’s now just 34 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton with eight races to go.
In the last two Grand Prix, Ferrari have shown they can compete with Red Bull’s car and Alonso is currently the fastest race driver despite Sunday’s shenanigans.
Betting is available for Sunday’s race in Hungary and Ladbrokes are offering odds of 9/4 for Alonso to win again.