Di Montezemolo unruffled by appeal
|By Michele Lostia and Matt Beer||Monday, October 22nd 2007, 11:27 GMT|
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says he is not concerned about McLaren's decision to appeal against the race stewards' verdict in the Brazilian Grand Prix fuel sample controversy.
Kimi Raikkonen could lose his title to Lewis Hamilton if Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld are penalised for the irregularities in the temperature of fuel samples taken from their cars.
The race stewards ruled that there was no proof that the Williams and BMWs - which finished ahead of Hamilton in fourth to sixth places - had contravened the regulations, but McLaren have notified the FIA that they will attempt to have the decision overturned on appeal.
This has left a cloud of uncertainty over Raikkonen's championship victory, but di Montezemolo said he believes McLaren's appeal will be a futile gesture.
"It looks to me like it is a useless stress for everyone," he told Italian radio station RAI.
"The regulations say that even if some car gets disqualified, it doesn't mean that the points are automatically given to the others."
Di Montezemolo also suggested that the FIA should reconsider how the technical regulations were enforced and appoint professional stewards rather than the current unpaid officials.
"Enough of that, let's look ahead and let's send professional stewards to the races instead of amateurs at large," he said.
"It must be said that the complexity of today's cars creates difficulties in checks and verifications, from the electronics to the fuels, aerodynamics and everything else. Everything is about hundredths of seconds."