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Todt thinks public will follow Ferrari story

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Todt thinks public will follow Ferrari story
May 22, 2002, 6:38 PM

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt thinks more fans than ever will watch the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend because they want to know what will happen next in the Ferrari story. There was outrage after the Austrian Grand Prix when Ferrari called team ...

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt thinks more fans than ever will watch the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend because they want to know what will happen next in the Ferrari story. There was outrage after the Austrian Grand Prix when Ferrari called team orders into play but despite many fans claiming they would not watch F1 any more, Todt is positive that his team are still loved.

"I know that the public love us," he said. "They have been let down, they are angry. But anger is a part of life. Do sailors stop loving the sea because of the storms? We switched the positions and it suddenly takes on planetary dimensions. In some ways, it's good because it prevents people from thinking about wars, famine and sickness, but at the end of the day, our current 'problem' is to explain our team strategy when our drivers are in a position to finish first and second."

"We could be in a far more difficult position and a lot of teams would doubtless love to have such concerns at the moment. Some people claim they won't watch F1 any more, but I think the Monaco Grand Prix will have an exceptional audience this year. The public will want to know what Ferrari are going to do now, to find out what happens next in the story."

Ferrari have been summoned to appear before the World Sports Council following the events in Austria after there were calls for action to be taken -- however, it seems unlikely any serious punishment will be given out. Not only fans but also F1 personnel were critical of Rubens Barrichello being told to let Michael Schumacher take the win. But Ferrari remain unrepentant, saying they are determined to secure this year's championship by leaving nothing to chance.

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