• Disclaimer

    The Runoff Area is a website devoted to the purposes of humour and satire, not a serious motorsports news publication. When reading articles on this website - even you credulous folks over at ApexSpeed - please try to understand that they are not intended to be taken seriously. Sebastian Vettel is not a baby, I know of no plans to host a Grand Prix in South Ossetia, and Kimi Raikkonen doesn't respond to everything with a "bemused grunt." Or does he?
  • Legal Bit

    The text content of all posts from The Runoff Area are the intellectual property of Red Andy. You can share the jokes with your friends if you like, but please provide a link to the original. Images used on this website are not the property of The Runoff Area, and thus, where possible, a link is provided to the original image. If you own an image that is used on this site and would like it removed, please contact the webmaster.

FOTA dinner ends in chaos

Paris, Sunday: An emergency meeting over dinner between members of the Formula One Teams’ Association last night descended into carnage with disputes between members causing massive disruption to the normal operation of the restaurant where they were dining.

Defiant: Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo

Defiant: Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo

After examining the menus for some time, Ferrari team principal Luca di Montezemolo expressed his concern that the meals appeared to be extremely cheap, “unfairly restricting” the total cost of the bill at the end of the night. Toyota’s John Howett echoed Montezemolo’s reservations, pointing out that such cheap food could allow unwanted extra guests to join them at the table “without first having properly contributed to the establishment of the restaurant.”

FIA President Max Mosley, also present, suggested that Montezemolo and other team bosses could spend as much as they liked on the meal, but should only be allowed to eat lasagne and drink Spanish red wine, while those who agreed in principle with the restaurant’s low prices would be able to consume whatever they liked.

Montezemolo, with the backing of other team principals, expressed outrage at this statement, then claimed that he was in two minds about whether he was going to spend anything at all, or simply leave the restaurant without paying and set up his own restaurant where everybody could eat as much as they liked until dead from obesity or legally bankrupt.

Frank Williams and Force India’s Vijay Mallya initially supported this threat, but eventually elected to pay the bill after all, Williams suggesting that he felt “morally and legally obliged” to do so, given that they had been visiting the restaurant for some years and never been let down thus far.

The whole dinner then descended into a shouting match as Montezemolo demanded that he and the other FOTA members be given a share of the tips earned by the restaurant’s staff, as well as implicitly suggesting that the head chef be sacked.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: