Montezemolo: Fernando deserves to have a car which can win a World Championship
15 December, 2013
In his traditional Christmas address to Ferrari employees, president Luca di Montezemolo urged his team to provide Fernando Alonso with a car capable of winning the Formula 1 World title while bidding a fond farewell to Felipe Massa.
Montezemolo said,“Over the past few years, Fernando has given his all and he deserves to have a competitive car with which he can win a World Championship with the Reds. I can understand his occasional moments of frustration, which we all share, but I am sure he is well aware [of] what Ferrari represents and because of that, he will be even keener to give it his best shot.”
There was also a special and emotional word for Massa, “It will do Felipe good to get out from Ferrari,” said Montezemolo.
“He will be back with new motivation, like footballers who change teams for a while before returning to their own. The doors of this company will always be open to a man and a driver of his quality. His name is linked to Ferrari I want to thank him for his contribution over the eight years he spent with us.”
The speech was interrupted by a long round of applause, ending with a standing ovation. There was much applause for Alonso and Massa too.
Montezemolo presented the Brazilian with an engine from the F2008, while Felipe gifted Montezemolo the special red helmet dedicated to the team, which he wore in the last Brazilian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver. (Ferrari)
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