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Di Montezemolo: We can’t afford another slow start

Luca di Montezemolo says Ferrari has to push hard to ensure it beats Red Bull next year - and insists the team can't afford another slow start
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo insists that the team can't afford a slow start again in the 2013 F1 season if it wants to emerge victorious in the title race.

The team struggled in the early stages of the 2012 campaign, with Fernando Alonso's surprise victory in Malaysia giving the team an unrepresentative position in the standings before the return to Europe – where it finally started to turn a corner with the F2012.

Strong drives from Alonso through the middle of the campaign allowed him to establish a healthy lead in the points race but the Spaniard was ultimately unable to see off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel when the Red Bull man hit a rich vein of form late in the year.

Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on the title, di Montezemolo admitted that there was a sense of pride in the way Ferrari had remained in contention to the finish despite its problems, but said that there could be no repeat next year if it wants to win the titles.

“Not winning the title is the cause for great sorrow and great regret, because we always want to win and we came close,” di Montezemolo said. “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.

“[However] 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.

“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 organisation 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.”

Di Montezemolo added that he had no doubt that Alonso would be a contender for the title in 2013 if the team can given him the right car.

“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,” he said. “Fernando will react in his way, pushing even harder, aware that he will be unbeatable in a competitive car.”

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November 27, 2012 11:31 AM

If you were to ask me personally, I would say that Ferrari had a good car, especially when they really didn't have that much in way of reliability issues, but ultimately though RB had the better car when it came to the later races. Overall the 2012 season was probably the best on record and I can't wait to see what 2013 brings. Speaking of 2013, I would say the 2013 motorsport season is look very good sofar in F1 and other series.

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November 27, 2012 5:38 PM

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.

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