Montezemolo: All at Ferrari believe we can win

Montezemolo: All at Ferrari believe we can win

20 November 2012 – Luca di Montezemolo has issued a motivational statement to the staff of Ferrari ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 championship finale in Brazil. Fernando Alonso heads into the race 13 points in arrears of Sebastian Vettel and, depending on where the German finishes, can win a third world title by finishing on the podium.

“We can be proud of what we have achieved so far,” the company President writes on the team website. “For the past 16 years, with very few exceptions, we have got used to reaching the final stage of the championship in this situation and here we are again this season so, whatever the outcome, we have been contenders.”

Although he is pleased to have recovered from a 1.5-second lap time deficit at the beginning of the year, the company head stresses that winning is everything.

“Pride is not enough: we want to win,” he goes on. “In Austin the team once again did a perfect job, as indeed did both drivers; Fernando made it to the podium yet again and Felipe (Massa) drove a fantastic race, apart from also demonstrating once again that he is a team player.

“Now we go to Brazil with the will to win, knowing that we will fight for it right to the last kilometre of the last lap of the race at Interlagos. I know it will be very tough, but I and all of us believe we can do it!”

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How Fernando Alonso can claim a third World Championship in Brazil:
- By finishing first with Vettel fifth or lower
- By finishing second with Vettel eighth or lower
- By finishing third with Vettel 10th or lower
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Ferrari is yet to win a drivers’ world title since Kimi Räikkönen beat Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the gripping championship finale of five years ago.

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