It is no secret that Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari – one of the most prestigious supercar manufacturers on the planet – is sick and tired of playing second fiddle in Formula 1 to an energy drinks conglomerate, and is demanding that the legendary Maranello team starts doing some serious winning at this highest level of motorsport.
Speaking on the occasion of the team’s presentation of the their new car, the F14T, and drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – Montezemolo said, “Now it is time to win. I have a lot of confidence in the new technical director James Allison and in the work that our people have made with the engine. It is a very complicated engine and a very complicated system and I think at the beginning of the season reliability will be crucial.”
“Whenever we have new rules it is difficult from the beginning to find out who is competitive, but our goal is to be on top and do our best. [Stefano] Domenicali has done some innovation within the team and I’m very confident,” said the Ferrari boss.
Montezemolo fully supported the decision made by Team Principal Stefano Domenicali to bring Raikkonen back to the Maranello fold, despite the Ferrari chief having previously stated that he “never quite understood” the Finn.
But the he and the team have put emotions aside by uniting the two most experienced drivers in Formula 1, and certainly among the best of the current era, with the sole ambition being to resume winning World Championships.
Montezemolo said, “I am confident because we have a strong team, I think we have all the ingredients to be very successful. I’m pleased to have Kimi back. Kimi was the last driver to win the Championship with us. Fernando has [had] fantastic seasons by achieving second place in the last four years.” (GP247)
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