Ferrari has launched a fresh attack on the FIA's push to bring new teams into Formula 1, in the wake of the problems currently surrounding Team US F1 and Campos Meta.
With neither outfit yet having a car ready to run, and US F1 requesting to miss the first few races of the season, the sport is facing up to the fact that it will probably not have as full a grid as it had hoped to have for 2010. Now, in a column published on Ferrari's official website on Tuesday, the team has openly attacked the FIA's policy of encouraging new teams – labeling it as a "holy war" – and suggests the sport may have been better off looking after manufacturers like Toyota and BMW, who walked away.
"Of the 13 teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year's Championship, to date only 11 of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometers, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace," the Ferrari column titled "the Horse Whisperer" claimed.
"As for the 12th team, Campos Meta, its shareholder and management structure has been transformed, according to rumors which have reached the Horse Whisperer through the paddock telegraph, with a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last-minute rescue deal.
"However, the beneficiaries of this generosity might find the knight in question expects them to fulfill the role of loyal vassal. All this means, it is hard to imagine the Dallara-designed car showing its face at the Catalunya circuit, with Sakhir a more likely venue to witness the return of the Senna name to a Formula 1 session.
"The 13th team, US F1, appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, N.C., to the dismay of those like the Argentinian, [Jose Maria] Lopez, who thought he had found his way into the Formula 1 paddock, (albeit with help from [Argentine] chairwoman Kirchner, according to the rumors) and now has to start all over again. Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky."
Ferrari's "opinion column" also makes it clear the team is unimpressed by the situation surrounding Stefan Grand Prix, which is still hoping to secure an entry for this year's championship.
"Next, we have the Serbian vultures," continued the column. "Firstly, they launched themselves into a quixotic legal battle with the FIA, then they picked the bones of Toyota on its death bed.
"Having got some people on board, around whom there was still a whiff of past scandals, they are now hovering around waiting to replace whoever is first to drop out of the game, possibly with backing from that very same knight in shining armor whom we mentioned earlier."
And Ferrari clearly lays the blame for the situation at the door of former FIA President Max Mosley, who clashed with the manufacturers last year in his bid to encourage new teams in.
"This [situation] is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president," he explained. "The cause in question was to allow smaller teams to get into Formula 1.
"This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand – you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith – and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it.
"In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there's not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?"
Ferrari's criticism of the new teams situation is not new, with the Italian outfit having claimed back in May last year that F1 would perhaps be better off re-branding itself as "Formula GP3" if the grid became full of the new outfits who had originally lodged entries early last year.