Di Montezemolo not giving up on 2013
16 October 2013 – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has delivered another motivational message to his workforce prior to the final four races of the Formula 1 season, claiming that he wants to see "maximum determination" from all areas of the outfit.
Although primary focus is switching to next year's rule changes, when V8 engines will be replaced by 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 units, di Montezemolo has refused to give up on a campaign that can still yield the runner-up spot in the Constructors' standings.
And with neither of his two drivers finishing on the podium at the recent Japanese and Korean Grands Prix, the 66-year-old has set his sights on collecting more silverware.
"I read about assumed bellyaching or about the team concentrating only on 2014," explained di Montezemolo, who was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 'Ferrari Sporting Spirit' exhibition, held at the Ferrari Museum. "I don't even want to hear that kind of talk: there are still four races to go where we will field Ferraris that are fighting for the podium with maximum determination from the drivers and the whole team."
Di Montezemolo added: "As for next season, there will be time enough to talk about it, and in fact I am pleased to see that the group dedicated to that task is working very hard with maximum concentration. Everyone is well aware what they must do."
Ferrari sits 10 points clear of Mercedes in the battle for second place. Lotus, closing rapidly after podium appearances at the last three races, is 23 points further back.