2012 F1 season
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says his team made the correct decision by keeping Felipe Massa for the 2013 season.
“The Brazilian improved a great deal in the second half: in fact in the first part, it seemed he?óÔé¼Ôäód gone on a round the world holiday,” Montezemolo told Ferrari’s website.
“Joking apart, I think the decision to reconfirm his position was the right one: if we had changed, then one would need to take on someone who would make a difference and I can?óÔé¼Ôäót say I noticed many drivers around who would be quicker than Felipe.
“Also, we did not want to change the balance and the good atmosphere within the team.
“[Team principal Stefano] Domenicali and I told ourselves it was best to wait and I think that the facts proved us right. Towards the end, when Felipe was even faster than Fernando a couple of times, the points he scored played a vital part in securing our place in the constructors?óÔé¼Ôäó championship.”
Montezemolo also praised Fernando Alonso and compared him to two of the team’s previous multiple champions:
“The Spaniard is a mix of [Niki] Lauda and [Michael] Schumacher: like the former, he has the ability to drive every race lap as though it was qualifying, like the latter, he has the intelligence to know when it?óÔé¼Ôäós time to push and when it?óÔé¼Ôäós time to look after the car.”
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