Ferrari: Upswing down to hard work, not luck 29 Sep 2010
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has paid tribute to the hard work of the Italian team during an event at their Maranello factory celebrating their victory in Singapore at the weekend. Fernando Alonsos Marina Bay triumph was the squads second successive win, and pulled Ferrari back into contention for the constructors title after a mid-season lull.
These wins are down to the work of the team and have not just dropped out of the sky through luck, Montezemolo said. Everyone, from the people on the pit wall, to the pit stop crew, those in the garage, the people here in the factory and the drivers out on track, have all made a positive contribution.
I am proud to be your president and I am pleased for (team principal) Stefano Domenicali and all his people who never gave up when things seemed very difficult. This is the team I want: made up of people who go about their work quietly, who do not get downhearted when facing difficulties and who keep their feet firmly on the ground when things go well again.
Ferrari endured a slow start to the 2010 season, but have been in the ascendancy over the last few months. They have scored 154 points over the last five Grands Prix - 20 more than Red Bull (134), and a full 73 more than McLaren (81). Alonso, meanwhile, has leapt into second in the drivers standings and is now just 11 shy of points' leader Mark Webber.
Even so Ferrari are still 40 adrift of second-placed team McLaren in the constructors table and 64 behind current leaders Red Bull. The team know they cant rest on their laurels just yet and have a lot more work to do to make up the shortfall.
We are on the right road, but the difficult part is still ahead of us, said Domenicali, who was also in attendance. Having been confronted with making up as big a gap as the one we faced just over two months ago, the effort becomes even more arduous as one gets closer to our goal and when every point seems as heavy as a rock.
"Striving for total reliability, improving performance, sticking to our working practices, concentrating at all times and, above all, keeping calm: that is the recipe we must stick to in the coming decisive weeks.
After the event, the team returned to work ahead of Octobers Japanese Grand Prix.
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