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Di Montezemolo finds ally

Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo has found a new ally in his war on the current state of Formula One.

Di Montezemolo has so far made no secret of the fact he does not like the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power-unit era.

Aside from the lack of noise that has been criticised by many, Di Montezemolo has also bitterly bemoaned the 'taxi driving' style of the drivers he feels are forced to run economically to save fuel.

Di Montezemolo made public his comments prior to the all-action grand prix in Bahrain, a race at which Ferrari again underperformed as Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen could only manage ninth and 10th respectively.

Many have suggested Di Montezemolo's comments smack of sour grapes as Ferrari have failed to hit the ground running this year, resulting in Stefano Domenicali resigning as team principal this week.

But at least the venerable Italian has someone fighting in his corner as Giovanni Malago, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, has aired his views on the new-style F1, and he is far from happy.

Speaking at the launch of the Italian International Tennis tournament in Rome, and with his quotes posted on the Ferrari website, Malago said: "I speak on behalf of Italian sports people and fans - I don't like this Formula One.

"In my opinion it's delivered a product that has absolutely no sense. It's a form of self-harm.

"I hope the people who run the sport look again at the rules because the way Formula One is now, it has much less appeal, and that's a shame as it is an extraordinary world."