• Nov 15th 2010 at 4:01PM
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (left) with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo (right)

Some racing teams are just that – racing teams – and nothing more. Ferrari, however, serves as a national symbol. When things are going well, it serves them as such. But when things go badly... as you can see from this story, people in high places can turn on them rather quickly.

Reports surrounding the condemnation of Ferrari's unfortunate performance in this past weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the team lost the title that seemed to be theirs for the taking, are running rampant around Italy. Some cabinet ministers are even calling on Ferrari chief Luca Cordero di Montezemolo to resign.

The calls, which were denounced by Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne among others, seem to lead further credence to longstanding rumors that Montezemolo could go into politics. A popular and influential national figure, Montezemolo is descended from Italian aristocracy whose family tree includes admirals, generals and cardinals. A former head of business lobby group Confindustria and of the Italian Olympic Committee, Montezemolo recently stepped down as chairman of the Fiat group, fueling speculation of his imminent move into politics.

The latest reports place Montezemolo leading a coalition in opposition to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose moral credibility has come into question of late and from whose cabinet the calls for Montezemolo's resignation have reportedly emanated.

[Source: The Canadian Press | Image: Tiziani Fabi/AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It should be the other way round.
      Monty rebuilt Fiat in an amazng way (I'm not Fiat fanboy) and he should be running Italy not Berlusclowny
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose moral credibility has come into question of late..."

      - Nicely understated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is embarrassing on a brand new level.

      I can't agree more with all those fellows here who are actually suggesting B. to shut up and either leave or do his job decently.

      Populism is an understatement, considering the situation which I'm not sure is clearly given to the outside. From the inside, it sucks.

      Ferreri failed big time though, no doubt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's not gonna step down. His head was asked by the far-right movement in an attempt to gain consensus over the disappointment of Ferrari supporters. This somewhere else is called populism and it's not well-seen, but in Italy it has become kinda normal, sadly...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given how corrupt the government is they may literally try to cut off his head.
        • 4 Years Ago
        fortunately this governament is going to an end....
      • 4 Years Ago
      in this entire post:

      "Some cabinet ministers are even calling on Ferrari chief Luca Cordero di Montezemolo to resign"

      is the only information
      and there is nothing else - stupid, sometimes this blog just blows
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mark K - THANKS!!

        LONDON - The call of the Northern League has not been collected: Montezemolo has no intention of leaving Ferrari. Maranello And he gets angry with those who one day "is ready to jump on the bandwagon, and the other claims the guillotine"

        CASTLE - "If I were to use against Dr. Montezemolo of Ferrari and the same yardstick that he uses against our government, I should say that Alonso has lost the world because of the amateurish handling of the race with Dr. Montezemolo pit ' . The deputy minister of the Northern League, Senator Roberto Castelli, said sarcastically of the Horse World flop. "I say instead - added Castelli - I am very sorry and I do my most sincere congratulations to Ferrari can win next year."

        CALDEROLI - "Despite the excellent capabilities Fernando Alonso, who goes a round of applause for the great job this season - things worse the Minister for Regulatory Simplification, Roberto Calderoli - Ferrari has managed to lose a World Cup in fact already won thanks to the insane strategy drawn from the box. And since losing the World Title this were the strategists in the pits and not the admirable Alonso, who is responsible for this debacle has to go and therefore we expect the resignation of Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who, instead of doing Jiminy Cricket's never caught without a policy, it should instead try to learn from others how to manage a victory in the World. But in the meantime Montezemolo, who made us ashamed to be fans of the Ferrari, it goes immediately to Maranello, to avoid further damage to Red that we all have heart. "

        MARONI - Interior Minister, Robert Maroni, however, disagrees with his two party colleagues. "As we all have been bad for a defeat unexpectedly due to an accident caused by a choice which proved negative. I spoke by phone Montezemolo, who called me just to discuss this. The Ferrari is a team of highly professional, unfortunately it went but it is not the fault of the team. "

        THE ANSWER - Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has no intention of leaving the presidency after the defeat of the red Ferrari in Maranello, who lost the Formula 1 last race. This was announced by the same number of Cavallino a daily online Affaritaliani.it. "Let's talk about serious things," Montezemolo cut short. Then adds: "When the statesman Calderoli will have achieved 1% of what has been done in recent years by Ferrari for the country in terms of industrial and sports deserve an answer at that point," he added. Replica Calderoli in turn: "If politics means Montezemolo then officially go on the pitch and see if will reach at least 1% of the vote." It closes, perhaps, the controversy, the President of Fiat, John Elkann, "To get back to winning do not need to argue: it requires commitment and desire to meet the challenge. Montezemolo and I am sure that all the people who work for the Ferrari are already planning for next season. "

        MARCHIONNE DEFENDS MONTEZEMOLO - A Montezemolo to shield against such attacks, however, intervenes Sergio Marchionne: "The result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is not what we all expected. But we must be grateful to the men and women of Ferrari, who through their work have allowed to approach a goal that until a few weeks ago seemed unthinkable. It is not, indeed, the final sprint but I am convinced that all the Ferrari, its last president of the mechanics did a great job. " The CEO of Fiat said that judges' wholly ungenerous sarcastic and offensive, particularly from the political world, which have rained down on the men of Ferrari and to Luca di Montezemolo in particular. " A sports results "not brilliant can not erase the work of many people who can not be dismissed with statements almost welcomed the defeat. Ferrari - he said - is the best in the world of Italian technology. Its vehicles are everywhere considered a symbol of Italy at the `cutting edge. And the result on Sunday does not undermine these values. "

        "SORRY TO SEE CLAIM GUILLOTINE" - "For all of us is a difficult day," says the Ferrari website. "The night did not diminish the bitterness of a sad epilogue to a remarkable season, however. Sorry, but seeing that there is any politician who, according to the window, once it is ready to jump on the bandwagon, the other claim the guillotine when things go wrong. And do not even understand who is pleased with the self-flagellation, who basks in the culture of 'all wrong, Back in'. Italians are very vices, we should learn to shake off. "

        • 4 Years Ago

        "in this entire post:

        "Some cabinet ministers are even calling on Ferrari chief Luca Cordero di Montezemolo to resign"

        is the only information
        and there is nothing else - stupid, sometimes this blog just blows"

      • 4 Years Ago
      @Noz, you're kidding, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously. What's the difference between these guys and this guy?

      • 4 Years Ago
      That makes sense... Because it was Montezemolo that called Alonso into the pits for a tire change. They were dup'ed by Red Bull calling in Weber early because Ferrari saw Weber as the main threat. Meanwhile Vettel stretched his legs and extended his lead. Red bull also knew that the 2 Renault drivers were fast and would be doing everything they could to hold Ferrari up since Red Bull is using Renault engines.

      The minute Button got in front of Alonso at the start Ferrari knew it was going to be a tough road to win.

      • 4 Years Ago
      if you know anything about Berlusconi, he'll just find a hot model to take over Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, I'm sure Berlusconi's actions reflect the exact sentiment of every single Italian, just like how Bush and Obama represent the views of all Americans... who by the way, are all cowboys who only eat McDonalds, drive in RVs in Montana, and only listen to Bruce Springsteen.
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