Ferrari boss taunts Massa and praises Alonso

Luca di Montezemolo with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa

Luca di Montezemolo with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa

Dec.14 (Grand Prix 247) Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo delivered the harshest public criticism of Felipe Massa yet by “accusing” him of  sending his brother to race in his place. The Italian also went on to rate the drivers and the team, whereby he gave Fernando Alonso a generous rating.

Luca di Montezemolo

Luca di Montezemolo

Reuters reports that Montezemolo speaking to Italian media joked, “At a certain point in the season Felipe was fed up and sent his brother.”

Massa, who has a contract with Maranello until 2012, finished sixth in the F1 World Championship standings while team mate Alonso was in the title hunt to the very end and eventually finishing second in the drivers’ championship.

Asked to sum up the season, he told reporters: “We were disappointed, there’s no point denying it.

“But, realistically, it was more bitter in 2008, when Felipe Massa crossed the finish line as world champion.

“From 1997 onwards, except 2005 and 2009, we have either won or lost at the last race. The opponents – Williams, McLaren, Renault, Red Bull – always change, only Ferrari is there,” said Montezemolo.

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari pit garage

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari pit garage

Asked to give a report card for the 2010 drivers Massa and Fernando Alonso, he answered: “9 and a half to Alonso. He did not win, but (the score is) from the point of view of results, character and relationship with the team.

“Less than a 7 for Felipe Massa. For some reason with have a problem with the brothers of our drivers arriving during the season,” he smiled.

“It happened with Schumacher, Raikkonen and now Massa. I think Felipe got a bit tired mid-season and went home, sending his brother to drive,” joked the Italian. “He gets a minus-7 but he has promised to come back next year.”

As for Ferrari: “8. You do not get full marks when you don’t win, but it was an exceptional year for commitment and determination,” he said.

On formula one, Montezemolo vowed to “fight for common sense, for races on circuits (not streets) and to have not more than 19 races, preferably 18″, he revealed.

Ferrari boss still keen to have three cars on the F1 grid

Ferrari boss still keen to have three cars on the F1 grid

“And to have three cars. Better to have a third car with a competitive team than a team that cannot even do GP2,” the 63-year-old charged. “I think it’s common sense and Bernie Ecclestone agrees. Who (would run the third Ferrari)? A small but competitive team.”

Montezemolo hailed 2010 as Mark Webber’s “best season with a competitive car”.

But he played down the possibility of shock personnel changes for 2011, hinting only that “some adjustments” to the team will be announced before the new season.

As for the possibility of his near future being in politics, Montezemolo insisted: “The confidence vote (of the Italian parliament)? No comment. Let me do my job. I’m so glad we have many, many things to do here at Ferrari.”

  • Bec

    That’s the way to raise team moral.

  • King

    Okay we are giving another chance to massa but if he sends his brother agin, then pls kick him out.

  • usman

    it seems by this discussion that massa is no more in love with f1


    typical of the italian twats, up the drivers back-end 1 minuet and ready to stab them in the back the next . who in their right mind would ever want to drive for this mob are proper off their heads.

  • Mudar

    More Ferrari cars on the grid + Team Orders Allowed = More flexibility for chess games rather than racing

  • Arthur

    IF they did want to let Felipe win, they shouldn’t have made those orders in the first place. They took away his morale right after that order. I don’t think Fernando could have overtaken Felipe if it were raced properly. He couldn’t even do it with a rookie. In 2008, Felipe almost won the Driver’s title the year after Kimi became a champion. So I bet next season he would do the same. The only difference is that Fernando did not get the title!

    Monte should consider Felipe’s condition that he was out last season because of an accident.

    Due to this saga the Ferrari is losing it’s image quite rapidly, while Red Bull is gaining respect for being fair to its drivers…

  • Junv

    I agree with Arthur, Felipe is a good team palyer, he sacrifices his 1st place to Alonso for the team and yet he(Massa) was taunted by his performance?Ferrari was wrong when they ordered Felipe to give way to Alonso.Next time “NO MORE TEAM ORDERS”.

  • nomsa

    Here is the problem this Ferrari team doesnt know how to handle pressure, they would say or do anything without thinking about it and thats what the team boss did. I am still upset they cost Alonso the title, too bad i cant stop being a fan