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Ferrari blast Mosley legacy

FERRARI have launched a verbal attack on the new Formula One teams and blamed Max Mosley for their shambolic entrance into the sport.

The oldest team in Formula One described the decision by the former FIA president to encourage four new squads as "a holy war" in a column posted on Ferrari's website yesterday.

Ferrari were always sceptical about Mosley's decision to allow Campos Meta, USF1, Lotus and Virgin Racing to break into the established order. It was one of the president's parting shots as he left the FIA. But his intervention came as the economic crisis forced out Honda, Toyota and BMW.

USF1 are struggling for finance and are thought to have asked permission to miss the first four races of the season and Campos Meta, who are based in Spain, have been taken over with only 19 days to go to the first race, in Bahrain. Lotus and Virgin made it to pre-season testing but are yet to impress.

Mosley takes the brunt of the attack in what is clearly a hangover from the days when the FIA president was at loggerheads with Luca di Montezemolo, the Ferrari president, over the future of the sport.

"This is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president," the article reads. "Two teams will limp to the start of the championship, a third is being pushed by an invisible hand and, as for the fourth, you would do well to call 'missing persons' to find it. In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault there is not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?"

There are also scathing comments about Stefan GP, from Serbia, who bought the assets of Toyota and have sent cars to Bahrain, apparently believing that they will be allowed to race if one of the new teams drops out. The Ferrari article described Stefan as "Serbian vultures, who picked the bones of Toyota on its deathbed".