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Fans ask priest not to forgive Ferrari for carve-up

The parish priest in Ferrari's home village says fans are asking him not to forgive the racing team for its antics at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Don Alberto Bernardoni says some angry parishioners don't want to him to absolve team manager Jean Todt if he comes in for confession.

Formula 1 fans were furious after Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello to let teammate Michael Schumacher past him on the last lap on Sunday.

The priest from the village of Maranello said: "My people have been calling all day. They're all very angry.

"Some of them have asked me not to forgive Todt if he comes for a confession."

The priest rings his church's bells every time Ferrari win.

But he told the Gazzetta di Modena newspaper that this time he rang the bells in honour of Barrichello, who he described as "the real victor in Austria".

F1's governing body, the FIA, have called Ferrari, Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello to a hearing to explain events during and after the Austrian Grand Prix.



16 May 2002