Italian businessman, former Chairman of Ferrari, and formerly Chairman of Fiat S.p.A. and President of Confindustria and FIEG Luca di Montezemolo has backed the Maranello team, amid criticism of the Italian marque’s poor car reliability in Malaysia, where Scuderia Ferrari seemed to have to strogest car in terms of race speed, but was unable to take advantage of this situation. Current Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne recently admitted that Sepang last weekend made him angry, vowing organisational changes after both drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, suffered car problems at Sepang.
However, Sergio Marchionne’s predecessor, Luca di Montezemolo, hailed Ferrari’s step forward in 2017 as compared to the previous Formula One season, during which the Italian team did not manage to win a race: “I think everyone realises now that we are close.” – the former Ferrari president said, as reported on Wednesday by talian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.
“The world championship is difficult but there are still five races and with this car it is justified to believe.” – he added.
And so Luca di Montezemolo defended Ferrari, even after two separate technical problems in Malaysia that prevented a likely victory last Sunday: “The important thing is to have a fast car. Ferrari could have been first and second in the last two races. But it is better to have a fast car that is liable to break than a reliable car that is behind.” – the former Ferrari president concluded.