Montezemolo: Not winning the title is cause for great sorrow and great regret

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

Nov.27 (Ferrari) The night following a great disappointment is always hard to deal with. One struggles to get to sleep, thinking about what might have been, what was within one’s grasp.

Fernando Alonso Brazilian Grand Prix podiumOnly a few steps – or three points, depending on how you want to measure the distance, separated Fernando Alonso from a world title, which this year like never before, he so richly deserved. Despite everything, the word most often heard on the lips of the Ferrari men is pride.

Alonso used it on the podium, Stefano Domenicali employed it when addressing the team immediately after the race and Luca di Montezemolo used in a statement he put out immediately last night. It was spoken many times by the Ferrari people last night, some of them still with watery eyes: it’s the pride in having believed right to the end, in having given their utmost every day of this very long and exhausting season.

Of course there is also the awareness that the car was not the fastest in the pack, especially at the start of the season – one only needs to look at the points scored in the first four races and then those picked up in the last five – and the regret regarding the mere 661 metres that Fernando managed in the races at Spa and Suzuka.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari fans. Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying, Austin, Texas, 17 November 2012.Pride and regret were themes brought up by Luca di Montezemolo again in an interview that will go out this evening on Italian television station, RAI Uno’s news programme and here are some of its highlights.

“Certainly not winning the title is the cause for great sorrow and great regret, because we always want to win and we came close,” said the President. “ I am proud of the work done by the team in having produced the most reliable car, for never having got the strategy wrong and for making no mistakes at the pit stops. Right to the end, the team did its duty. Even if we are the team that scored the most points in the last five races, even if I was pleased to see our two drivers on the podium yesterday, we lacked a car quick enough to get us to the front of the grid and that was the main problem we had all season.”

Montezemolo also spoke about how Alonso will react to this tough blow and on the Spaniard’s assessment of the competitiveness of the car.

Fernando Alonso Ferrari Germany fans“He will react like the whole team: the team is working to achieve what I have asked of them, which is to have a car that is quick out of the box and immediately competitive. Fernando will react in his way, pushing even harder, aware that he will be unbeatable in a competitive car. As for the car, Fernando is partly right, on condition that, in 2013, we maintain this amazing reliability that has allowed us to come second in the drivers’ and constructors’championships. However, he’s right that we need a quicker car.”

As to the reasons why we did not always have a quick car, Montezemolo was very clear: “What happened this year stems what happened the previous year. On this topic, I will be asking for an in-depth analysis and an improvement in the organization and work methods, because next year, we want to have a winning car right from the first race, which has not been the case these last two years.”

Montezemolo ended by speaking about the incomparable Ferrari fans: “ I thank them all for their great support. We were hoping to win for them too, but we can be proud of having been, once again this year, contenders right down to the last lap of the last race and all of us here in Maranello are working flat out to win next year. We will give it our all.”

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  • hillside

    somebody is about to get axed! i a lot of them.

  • Kimi4WDC

    Dear LdM, it was a great thing you did for Massa but at the same time the way you dealt with Kimi was disgrace. You were deluded, sir.

    I hope this rough patch with Alonso will remind you about true values and you get a good life lesson out of this.

    Money and prestige is not everything and you should not forget what endless que of loyal Ferrari fans are not driving Ferraris.

  • John

    Early mid season the Ferrari had the quickest car on the circuit. Ferrari were also the first of the main teams to figure out the tyres. Even in the latter half it wasn’t shabby. Don’t blame the engineers.

    Luca di Montezemolo needs to look more at himself. He bought the wrong driver, and paid him too much.

  • jl

    1. Fernando deserve 2012 WDC, it’s an opinion.
    Vettel 2012 WDC is fact.
    2. Ferrari slow and Alonso make it fast, it’s an opinion.
    Vettel to P3 from pit in Abu dhabi, after puncture, lost radio contact, P24 and wrong tyres Vettel finished P6 In Brazil is fact.
    3. Alonso vs Newey, not Vettel, it’s opinion.
    Alonso’s car more reliable while Vettel’s got 2 retired from P1 because engine trouble and promote Fernando is fact.

    Today Fernando’s side jobs beside driving are confusing F1 fans by mixing opinion and fact. F1 fans of course did not and will not eat these.

    All F1 drivers know how F1 works, it’s the perfect combination between Engine, Team, Hard work, Driving Skill and Luck. That’s how F1 operate. I do not hate Alonso, I just love watching F1 show, but his atittude to claim the best only for his credit really annoying.

    So, a sore loser like fernando will not get any F1 WDC in his pocket, never ever again.

    alonso_is_slow and I are the same person, it’s opinion
    alonso_is_slow and I are not Fernando fans, that’s the real fact

  • Resultant Asteroid

    Well put. Could not agree more.

    The time of drivers with big heads is over now. Drivers need to be down to earth, and fight any chauvenistic urges inside them. And so do the teams

  • Addy

    For all “Finger Boy” fans……enjoy

    Forza Ferrari

  • jl

    Naaahhh,.. It’s more enjoyable to see Alonso face up there.

  • Butterfly

    I just saw a segment when Vettel overtook a car under yellows, before reaching the green LEDs. Damn, a 20s penalty would have made Alonso WDC by 1 point.

    Why aren’t Ferrari protesting now?

    Anybody know if such a protest would be allowed the week after the GP?

  • Butterfly

    Just found out: the deadline is November 30. So there are three more days.

    Alonso for WDC, baby!

  • Butterfly

    Seriously, now, I don’t think it will change the result, but it begs the question: why didn’t race control spot those occurrences (yeah, twice).

  • Tony

    Cos they were oil flags not yellow after the green and that’s where he overtook. This was discussed in detail after the race on Sky. Get with it boys!