Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has urged his team to keep pushing with its bid to secure the F1 title this season in letter to staff ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.
Despite the issues the team has faced with the new F2012, Fernando Alonso heads into the Monaco race sitting level on points with Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers championship although Ferrari are fourth in the constructors' championship with Felipe Massa having failed to match Alonso's results through the first five races of the year.
In his letter, di Montezemolo told staff that the championship was still very much achievable through the remainder of the season but wrote that a championship challenge was dependent on the whole team giving its best – with Massa being put firmly in the spotlight as the president warned him to improve his results on track.
“The Championship is in our own hands.” di Montezemolo wrote. “[It] is very open and so far, there has not been one dominant force. A series of circumstances and the work done here to improve the car, as well as Alonso's great ability, has led to us leading the Championship after five rounds. We must capitalize on that, with each one of us giving our very best at home and at the race track, including Massa who must bring home the results we expect from him.
“I know from [Stefano] Domenicali, with whom I am in constant contact, how hard all of you are working. Of this I am sure, also because winning the Championship depends only and exclusively on ourselves: on our ability, our creativity, our determination and our desire to show that we are the best.”