so Ferrari is afraid that Minardi might beat them in modified 2004 car
"Minardi may be forced to withdraw from Sunday's Australian Formula One Grand Prix after Ferrari refused to agree to their cars competing.
Ferrari principal Jean Todt rebuffed Minardi owner Paul Stoddart just minutes before the first practice session, ensuring the Minardi cars remained garaged.
This dispute is set to smolder on into Saturday after Ferrari placed the issues in the hands of its lawyers in New York.
Stoddart, furious and weary after a sleepless week, said the incident highlighted the ugly nature of F1 politics.
Unless the spat can be resolved before Saturday's first qualifying session, Minardi will have to pack up and return to Italy.
Stoddart said he had the signatures of the other eight team principals agreeing that he be allowed to run the 2004-model cars which have not been updated to 2005 specifications.
But there is doubt over the validity of those from Red Bull (formerly Jaguar) and Jordan as these were obtained when the teams were operated by different personnel last season.
Stoddart said on Friday Todt had asked the controlling body, the FIA, to become involved and sign the letter which they declined to do.
"They told him it was a matter between Ferrari and Minardi and not the FIA but they did confirm that without a letter from him the stewards would not allow the cars to run.
"I am now waiting for the Ferrari lawyers in New York to construct a letter that I can take to the stewards," Stoddart said."