Montezemolo: I expect a huge effort from our engineers now

Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari President and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday 8 September 2012.

Luca di Montezemolo with Fernando Alonso

Oct.11 (GMM) With the title battle now essentially a head-to-head between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, Ferrari has acknowledged that its F2012 was outclassed by Red Bull‘s improved single seater at Suzuka last weekend.

Ferrari F2012 front wings. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Preparations, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Wednesday 10 October 2012.“We cannot go at Sebastian’s pace at the moment,” Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is quoted by Bild newspaper. “I expect a huge effort from our engineers now.”

Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa, who finished second behind Vettel in Japan last Sunday, added: “Red Bull had a much faster car than everyone at Suzuka.

“It was hard fighting with them in qualifying and virtually impossible in the race,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. “Let’s see, but I hope that each track is a different story.”

At Suzuka, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali said that he understood Alonso’s frustration when he wrongly surmised that Ferrari had not improved the F2012 in the last six races.

Spaniard Alonso said that the media spotlight is always brightest on Ferrari.

“A lot’s been said about us,” he said. “If we try a wing once, then don’t use it, it becomes news, but these things happen regularly in all teams,” insisted Alonso.

Fernando Alonso DNF crash Suzuka Japanese Grand PrixAhead of Korea, where he will defend a mere 4-point advantage over Vettel with five races still to go, he said that he is confident that Ferrari can improve the car.

But in Japan, even before seeing his championship lead shrink in the Suzuka gravel trap, Alonso had said his 2012 advantage was a “miracle”.

Now, he insists: “We have not been gifted anything, indeed Spa and Suzuka deprived us of places that were easily within our grasp.

“It’s not through some sort of divine miracle that we are in this position, it is down to the work of all us, from first to last.”

Speaking at an Italian university this week, Montezemolo said he had spoken “at length” on the telephone with Alonso since Suzuka.

“We will play to the end and I have great confidence in the drivers,” he said, also referring to Brazilian Massa who is now expected to stay in 2013.

“If Alonso had not been put out at Spa and Suzuka then we would still have a great safety [points] advantage,” added the Italian.

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  • JodyRenza

    A Little too late don’t you think Luca? For sure the Red Bull must now be the fastest car on the grid,seeing that Mclaren & Lotus have slipped backwards!
    If Alonso wins the title it will be more an Alonso win than a Ferrari/Alonso win…but that’s a big IF now..he really deserves the title after such a brilliant display in the “soap-box F2012″ this year!!

  • Forza Ferrari

    You’re completely wrong! Every win and every position that Fernando has achieved is just as much Ferrari’s achievement as it is Fernando’s achievement. Formula 1 is a TEAM sport, you fool! Alonso alone would only push the car with his feet like the Flintstones. I can understand that you’re a Alonso fan, but you must give at least 50% of credit to Ferrari! No driver in F1 couldn’t do anything in F1 without the team. If Fernando wins the WDC then it’s thanks to Ferrari and they’ll win it together, not Alonso alone. Next time hink before you comment, ignorant fool!

  • John

    Monty, you should have kept Kimi. You’d have won at least one more championship if you had.

  • CheckItOut

    @ForzaFerrari, Clearly you are a ferrari fan, but have no idea what formula 1 is, or yet not even an idea how F1 works, so don’t go off insulting others, JodyRenza is infact quite right, I am a HUGE fan of both Ferrari and Alonso, but to be honest, if anything happens, its because ALONSO did it, not ferrari, look where Massa has been for the past 8 races or so.. Watch some f1, then comment you sick twat, and Adios.

  • McHare

    If Alonso hadn’t been put out in Suzuka!!!! The mans a deluded idiot. Alonso clearly put himself out and should count himself lucky Kimi didn’t retire else he’d be looking at a 5 place penalty in Korea