16 Nov 2010

Beaten Ferrari hit back at Italian politicians

7:32 am on 16 November 2010

Ferrari bosses have roasted Italian politicians after some called for heads to roll over the team's failure to win the Formula One championship.

Roberto Calderoli, a government minister, said Ferrari's president Luca di Montezemolo should quit after a "demented strategy" at yesterday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix cost Spaniard Fernando Alonso a possible third title.

Piero Ferrari, son of the carmaker's late founder Enzo, said he was "astonished and saddened" by statements made by some politicians, reminding them that Ferrari has done so much more for Italy's global image than the country's politicians will ever achieve.