Ferrari boss taunts Massa and praises Alonso
14 December, 2010
Dec.14 (YallaF1.com) Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo delivered the harshest public criticism of Felipe Massa yet by “accusing” him of sending his brother to race in his place. The Italian also went on to rate the drivers and the team, whereby he gave Fernando Alonso a generous rating.
Reuters reports that Montezemolo speaking to Italian media joked, “At a certain point in the season Felipe was fed up and sent his brother.”
Massa, who has a contract with Maranello until 2012, finished sixth in the F1 World Championship standings while team mate Alonso was in the title hunt to the very end and eventually finishing second in the drivers’ championship.
Asked to sum up the season, he told reporters: “We were disappointed, there’s no point denying it.
“But, realistically, it was more bitter in 2008, when Felipe Massa crossed the finish line as world champion.
“From 1997 onwards, except 2005 and 2009, we have either won or lost at the last race. The opponents – Williams, McLaren, Renault, Red Bull – always change, only Ferrari is there,” said Montezemolo.
Asked to give a report card for the 2010 drivers Massa and Fernando Alonso, he answered: “9 and a half to Alonso. He did not win, but (the score is) from the point of view of results, character and relationship with the team.
“Less than a 7 for Felipe Massa. For some reason with have a problem with the brothers of our drivers arriving during the season,” he smiled.
“It happened with Schumacher, Raikkonen and now Massa. I think Felipe got a bit tired mid-season and went home, sending his brother to drive,” joked the Italian. “He gets a minus-7 but he has promised to come back next year.”
As for Ferrari: “8. You do not get full marks when you don’t win, but it was an exceptional year for commitment and determination,” he said.
On formula one, Montezemolo vowed to “fight for common sense, for races on circuits (not streets) and to have not more than 19 races, preferably 18″, he revealed.
“And to have three cars. Better to have a third car with a competitive team than a team that cannot even do GP2,” the 63-year-old charged. “I think it’s common sense and Bernie Ecclestone agrees. Who (would run the third Ferrari)? A small but competitive team.”
Montezemolo hailed 2010 as Mark Webber’s “best season with a competitive car”.
But he played down the possibility of shock personnel changes for 2011, hinting only that “some adjustments” to the team will be announced before the new season.
As for the possibility of his near future being in politics, Montezemolo insisted: “The confidence vote (of the Italian parliament)? No comment. Let me do my job. I’m so glad we have many, many things to do here at Ferrari.”