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Ferrari boss: Only thing I ask is for a competitive car...
12 January 2012
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said his only requirement this season is for the Scuderia to produce a competitive car.
The Prancing Horse endured a dismal season in 2011, only taking one victory, when Fernando Alonso triumphed at the British Grand Prix in July. Other than that though, the squad was outperformed by both Red Bull and McLaren pretty much everywhere. The priority this season then is to challenge for the title again, as they did in 2010, when Alonso came close to taking the drivers' crown, only to be denied in heartbreaking fashion at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, when he was pipped by Sebastian Vettel.
“The only thing I ask [for 2012] is to have a competitive car, that's all,” said Montezemolo at the Scuderia's annual Wrooom event on the slopes of Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Dolomites. “We have brought in some new blood to the team, but always with a dynamic evolution of the organisation in mind, without it being a revolution, as indeed we have done several times before in the twenty years of my presidency.
“We have done it because we did not want to pay too high a cost for being isolated, we here in Italy, compared to the bulk of the world of F1, a sport in which the vast majority of teams is based in England.
“Once in a while, this applies to any company, not just those in F1, as it is worth while allowing a bit of fresh air in, with an injection of a new mentality and culture, strengthening areas in which we have the greatest need to increase our levels of competence.”
Meanwhile, Montezemolo, reiterated that he felt it was right for Ferrari to quit FOTA, the Formula One Teams Association.
“I think that as in life, there are moments in which one gets on well with others and times when one feels a need for change,” he continued. “We wish to continue playing our part in F1 in a constructive manner, looking to the future of this sport which is still fantastic and part of our life.
“I refer, for example, to technology, to the need to reach out to a younger audience, to the need to maintain close links between racing and the manufacture of road-going cars, to young drivers and the need to give them the opportunity, through testing, to show their potential.
“Without wishing to cause any upsets, I think Ferrari has the right, thanks to its history, to have its say in an autonomous fashion, on the future of this sport,” he summed-up.