Ferrari president puts doubt on team's F1 future

Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil  drives during the first practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 15, 2011.

Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil drives during the first practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 15, 2011. AP Photo/Raymond Ho

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has threatened to withdraw Formula One's biggest team from the circuit unless the sport changes direction.

Di Montezemolo says in an interview with German magazine AutoBild that the sport had become "too artificial," saying "a steering wheel is now a computer covered in buttons and the fans no longer understand."

FIA is intent on using four-cylinder engines from 2013, something alien to Ferrari's race team and road cars.

Di Montezemolo says Ferrari will stay in Formula One "so long as the sport gives us back something for the development of technology of our production cars. Otherwise not."

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