Ferrari’s President Luca di Montezemolo is hopeful his team can take advantage of the new rules in 2014 and move back to the very front of the grid.
After a second half of the season largely third or fourth best on the grid Ferrari will likely hold onto third in the Constructor’s Championship, but that is not good enough for Di Monetzemolo, who gave an in depth interview with CNN.
Asked how he would rate the season of his top driver Fernando Alonso he replied: “A good eight out of ten.
“I think he’s really a very, very good driver,” he added.
Then came the question about the role tyres currently play in F1, indeed Di Montezemolo admitted he detests the thought of drivers having to look after their rubber during a race saying F1 should be about flat out racing in the most advanced cars with the best technology.
He also made no excuses but claimed the team “paid a big price” after the mid-season changes in tyre construction.
Looking ahead to 2014, the President is pleased with the changes coming to Formula 1 giving everyone a chance to start afresh.
“I am very happy to change rules, because I don’t like formulas where aerodynamics makes 90 per cent of the performance,” said di Montezemolo.
Indeed he jibed how “we make extreme cars, not extreme planes”.
However, Alonso is not so convinced things will change with Red Bull dominating into the new V6 era.
“Red Bull has a one second (per lap) advantage,” he is quoted by the BBC, “so they can put whatever exhaust blowing or engine in their car and they are still on pole.”
After a difficult year for the team in which Di Montezemolo admitted he had to “tweak” Alonso’s ear following comments the Spaniard made, the team will enter next season with a new line-up and no clear number 1.
“I don’t like number 1, number 2,” Di Montezemolo told CNN when asked about how the Alonso – Kimi Raikkonen partnership would work.
“Alonso knows that he drives to win for himself, but also for Ferrari,” Montezemolo insisted.
“Ferrari is a team and I want drivers (who) will drive and will act and react as a team member, not only one man,” he added.
Finally he was sure there would be no repeat of the issues seen the last time Alonso had a driver on a level pegging as himself at McLaren in 2007.
“I don’t want to say that they are old,” he smiled, “but I’m sure (they will get along), yes,” he said.
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