“On the reliability front, I believe that we have made some good steps forward – the initial worries about the engine were dealt with in the best way so that we concluded the season in similar condition to our main rivals.
“Whoever knows F1 knows how difficult it is to stay at the top for so many years – just ask the team that dominated last year and this year didn't pick up anything, or the world's giant motor manufacturers who took on this challenge with great effort only to abandon it through lack of results. We've been at the top for almost a decade-and-a-half – in 14 years, we have won that many titles.
“We've taken 107 wins out of 242 grands prix we've entered, and the changes inside the team management have always been minor. The people who are in the central roles today have been at Ferrari
for many years and have won a lot. That doesn't mean it's static, anything but – we know that we must do better in some sectors, and we've already reinforced the structure with some new arrivals, such as Pat Fry who has taken on the role of deputy technical director and is involved in projects across various areas linked to the new car.
“We will have to know how to accept that sport is a matter of victories and defeats, and anyone who works in this field knows that well. It's in these moments that true sportsmen know how to use their energy to start again and look to the future with effort and determination.
“Finally, I would like to thank Fernando again for all that he has done in his first year with us. We knew his talent, but having had the chance to have him in our team has made us appreciate his qualities as a man and as a leader. I can understand what he has gone through in these last few days, and I'm very sorry for the error that the team made.
“He's believed in us to the end and he's been exceptional about placing his faith in us. We didn't manage to win the title together that we'd chased until the end with great tenacity, but we will do everything to manage it next year because Ferrari
has only one magnificent sentence to endure – to win.”