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Montezemolo: Championship in Ferrari's hands 21 May 2012

Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari President.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 10 September 2011 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 12 May 2012 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 13 May 2012

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has told the company’s Formula One team that each and every member must deliver if they are to stand any chance of winning the 2012 world championship.

Ferrari have experienced mixed fortunes in the first part of the year. Fernando Alonso has taken one victory and shares the lead in the driver standings, but the F2012 has generally struggled for pace and the Italian team lie fourth in the constructors’ championship.

“The championship is in our own hands,” Di Montezemolo said in an open letter to staff in the build-up to this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. “(It) is very open and so far, there has not been one dominant force.”

Di Montezemolo also highlighted the need for both his drivers to produce results. It follows continuing media speculation over Felipe Massa’s future with Ferrari, the Brazilian having scored just two points to Alonso’s 61 this year.

“A series of circumstances and the work done here to improve the car, as well as Alonso’s great ability, has led to us leading the championship after five rounds,” he continued. “We must capitalize on that, with each one of us giving our very best at home and at the race track, including Massa who must bring home the results we expect from him.”

Ferrari are chasing their first drivers’ championship since Kimi Raikkonen’s triumph in 2007 and their first constructors’ crown since the Finn and team mate Massa drove the F2008 to glory back in 2008.

“Winning the championship depends only and exclusively on ourselves: on our ability, our creativity, our determination and our desire to show that we are the best,” concluded Di Montezemolo.

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