Alberto Antonini, formerly a prominent Italian journalist, was the head of Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 press office until earlier this year. Now, Alberto Antonini has reembraced his first love by returning to journalism.
In an interview for formulapassion.it, the former head of Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 press office talks about Formula One future ideas like reintroducing “F1 customer” car suppliers:
“I’m well aware that my idea is a provocation. But if Formula One wanted to do something and not just shout ‘someone do something’, the first, most obvious solution would be to convince (or maybe force) the only real three teams left to sell their projects. Not those of last year, so it’s not fair, the most recent, perhaps in a simplified version.[…] I’ll give you just one example, just one. Ask 80-year-old Jackie Stewart how he won his first world title. Tyrrell, if I’m not mistaken, had entered F1 the year before. For a few seasons the car ran on Matra chassis, so as a ‘customer’. No one was offended. March and Lotus sold their single-seaters. Not to mention the Benetton-Ligier of the ’90s, even if then there already existed the rules of intellectual property. Today this is forbidden. But does it seem more dignified to you that for years the Caterham has made the Caterham, that is the appearance, despite having a Renault-Red Bull rear axle? Who needs such a presence on the track? Think about it: immediate reduction in costs and personnel, without even needing to control budgets. And competitiveness guaranteed.” – Alberto Antonini explained, as reported by the Italian media earlier today.