Luca di Montezemolo has praised the Ferrari team for the way in which it battled to a double podium at Monza at the weekend, stating that the 1-3 finish was a sign of the way the team will refuse to give up in the race for the title.
Just a matter of days after appearing before the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, Fernando Alonso stormed to victory at Monza while Felipe Massa joined him on the podium in third as Ferrari clinched its first win in the Italian Grand Prix since Michael Schumacher back in 2006.
The victory ensures Alonso goes into the final five races of the year firmly in contention for the title and di Montezemolo insisted it was a special day to see both drivers on the podium.
“This is a very special day for me, and one that involves contrasting and very strong emotions,” he said. “There is the delight for such a great win, which I want to dedicate to all our fans. I am proud of what the Scuderia has done, both on the track this weekend and back in the factory: it is an extraordinary job. They delivered perfectly, proving to be the sort of people who never give up.
“For this, I wish to thank Stefano Domenicali and all his colleagues and the drivers – Fernando was brilliant, taking pole yesterday and now the win today while Felipe got a very nice podium finish.”
However, di Montezemolo also revealed that the victory was one of mixed emotions following the recent death of Pietro Calabrese, a journalist for the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport
“There is also the pain at the loss of a friend, Pietro Calabrese,” he said, “a great journalist and a fan of ours, and so this victory is also dedicated to him.”