Montezemolo wants Ferrari to focus on the last five races
By Berthold Bouman
Fernando Alonso’s retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix is the second big blow to the championship aspirations of the Spaniard, who also had to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. But Ferrari is not yet ready to throw in the towel and with five races to go there are still 125 points up for grabs, and Ferrari President Luca de Montezemolo wants his team to be fully dedicated to the final five races.
“It’s at times like these that I want to see the Ferrari I know,” he said. “A team that is focused and that holds its nerve. I will speak to Fernando by phone soon to give him even more motivation with which to tackle these last five races, with the bit between his teeth, as indeed I expect all the team to do.”
He was pleased to see Felipe Massa back on the podium. “Second place for Felipe was very important in this final part of the season when his contribution is even more vital,” Montezemolo said.
But the flamboyant Ferrari boss also expects his team to work even harder, as all is not lost yet, “I expect a huge effort from our engineers who have already shown they are capable of that and we are perfectly aware that this championship is still in our hands.”
Montezemolo praised Alonso, who in his opinion is the best driver around, ”We know we can count on the strongest driver around at the moment and it’s only mistakes from others at Spa and again at Suzuka, that have prevented him from having a more comfortable lead over his rivals. Let’s not forget that, but for those two collisions, today Fernando would have had at least 30 points more and that’s a conservative estimate.”
And the Italian warned his rivals the tide could easily turn in Ferrari’s favour, “In sport, as in life, the wheel turns and we must not forget that recently it has not done so in a positive way for us, but it does not take much for it to change direction.”