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GP Week : Issue 173
EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott firstname.lastname@example.org RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes email@example.com STAFF WRITER: Adam Leveridge PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden email@example.com PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton email@example.com n Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK F1 >>> NEWS Ferrari found themselves in the centre of a political storm this weekend as the team’s controversial decision to feature the Italian Navy flag on their car in tribute to two sailors currently standing trial for the shooting of two Indian fishermen was seen as a combative statement by the Indian press. During Friday’s press conference, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali refused to answer questions about the Naval flag, referring all journalists to the team’s press officer while saying that the flag had nothing to do with the two accused sailors. Domenicali’s remarks were in direct contradiction to a statement on the official Ferrari website, which read: “Scuderia Ferrari will carry the flag of the Italian Navy on the cars driven by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa during this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix. In doing so, Ferrari pays tribute to one of the outstanding entities of our country, also in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian Navy.” “The Italian Navy’s national flag on the Ferrari race cars at the Indian Grand Prix is there as a tribute to one of our country’s outstanding institutions,” a statement issued by Ferrari on Saturday morning read. “W ith all the respect due to the Indian Authorities, Ferrari wishes to make it clear that this initiative does not have, nor should it be seen as having, any political implication.” And while it could be argued that saying something isn’t political doesn’t necessarily make that thing apolitical, the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India issued a statement of their own in support of the Scuderia. “The FMSCI would like to maintain that the FIA code of motorsport is apolitical and non-religious and the FMSCI will not permit motorsports to be politicized in any manner,” the statement read. “Stefano Domenicali, team principal Scuderia Ferrari, has confirmed that their initiative of carrying their national navy flag does not have and should not be seen as having any political implication. “FMSCI firmly believes that carrying their national navy flag will not have any effect on the case pending before the Indian Courts. The FMSCI will not permit any attempt to subvert the process of justice by politicizing the event.” Despite the appeasing statement issued on Saturday – shortly after FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok and Stefano Domenicali were seen smiling as they walked through the paddock deep in conversation – the Indian media was not so easily silenced. FERRARI’S NAVAL TRIBUTE LANDS TEAM IN HOT WATER 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: