Luca di Montezemolo
Maranello, 5 June, 2012
Luca di Montezemolo has been Ferrari President for a little over twenty years, but he has never lost his enthusiasm for a role, which as he often says, is his life. “I have been Ferrari President for twenty years. It’s a great responsibility, but it’s fantastic,” said Montezemolo in an interview with CNN recorded last week and broadcast today. “We are present in about sixty markets around the world. A few weeks ago, I went to Stanford University and I spoke to seven hundred youngsters. I am very proud of the fact they were there, not to hear me, but to listen to the President of Ferrari.”
Montezemolo stressed his faith in the Scuderia’s chances of taking victory in the 2012 championship: “Definitely yes, it’s possible. We must try to win and I am very proud of the fact that, since 1997 to today, apart from a very few years, Ferrari has either won or missed out by a whisker.
“We have always been at the top. In this sport, it’s difficult to win, but even harder to constantly stay at the top. At the beginning of the year, I was very disappointed in the car as it was not what I had expected it to be, but we have fantastic people in the team. I push them very hard and they work day and night. I have every confidence in Stefano Domenicali, in whom I invested for the future. Alonso is fantastic and I am also very pleased with how Massa’s weekend went in Monaco: I’m counting on him to take valuable points off our competitors. However, there is a lot of work to do, because I am not yet satisfied. Some days ago, I sent a message to all the team, underling the fact that winning depended on us alone. Everyone must give their all. We must be perfect. Each one of us must secure pole position in our own jobs. We still need to improve the car and I am very happy with the way the team has reacted.”
The President did not shirk from the ritual question regarding the Scuderia driver line-up, both current and future. “At the moment, I am concentrating on everything except this. We will see later. Alonso is the best driver in the world. Alonso is one of those drivers, like Lauda and Schumacher, who have had a great importance in my professional life and in that of Ferrari. He has all the requisites for winning, but we need to improve the car. I think Felipe will do well in the second half of the season. Let us not forget that, in 2008, he crossed the finish line in Brazil as champion, only for Hamilton to just squeeze him out of it. Alonso has a fantastic attitude: just like Schumacher, he knows how to work closely with the team and he maintains that positive attitude, even in the difficult moments. Now the aim is to improve for the round in Canada.”
Finally Montezemolo mentioned the organization of Formula 1 in the future, referring to the Concorde Agreement that will apply from 2013. “I think there must always be a triangle: the FIA, the teams and the commercial rights holder,” said Montezemolo. “I have always worked for this. We must all work in the same direction and the Concorde Agreement is vital. We need new regulations and we are spending too much. Ferrari races because Formula 1 is a sport, but also because it represents the most advanced technical research laboratory, with an important spin-off for road cars: however, aerodynamics is becoming too important, therefore this element is being lost.
“As for the IPO, I feel it is a good thing for transparency and stability. It is the best solution and, in this case too, there should be the triangle I mentioned earlier.”