Montezemolo delighted with Ferrari's 16th constructors' title 04 Nov 2008
Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has paid tribute to the Italian team and its drivers, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, after the outfit claimed their 16th constructors title on Sunday in Brazil. Ferrari finished the season with 172 points to McLarens 151.
Winning for the eighth time in 10 years - a feat unequalled at world level in any other team sport - proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what an extraordinary group we are, Montezemolo told the teams official website. We have two great drivers in Felipe and Kimi also, and they deserve all our compliments for a job well done.
Felipe in particular is in my thoughts as he crossed the finish line yesterday as world champion only to see the title slip through his fingers a few seconds later. I can only imagine how painful that moment must have been for him. However, I would like to give him my very special compliments, not only for dominating the running out there on the track in front of his fans, proving he is worthy indeed of the world title, but also for his maturity and sportsmanship off the track. He's a great champion and a great man.
Despite winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, Massa lost out on the drivers title by one point to McLarens Lewis Hamilton. Montezemolo, however, congratulated Hamilton for his world championship success, and praised the British drivers performance over the course of the 2008 season.
I would like to send my congratulations to Lewis Hamilton, the youngest ever world champion in the history of Formula One, he added. He was a very powerful rival indeed and his win, close though it was, was well deserved. He'll have the number one on his car next season, but he can rest assured of one thing: we'll be doing our very best to put it back on a Ferrari."