Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has called their team’s 2013 car “The Hopeful One” (“La Speranzosa”) after the team’s promising start to the season in Australia.
Fernando Alonso finished second with Felipe Massa in fourth place, putting the team in the lead of the constructors’ championship.
“La Speranzosa?óÔé¼Ôäó is living up to our hopes,” di Montezemolo told the Ferrari website. “We did what we expected to do.”
“We raced a good race, particularly against Red Bull and [Sebastian] Vettel, whom I consider our strongest rival. Our goal was to make it to the podium and we did that.”
“That?óÔé¼Ôäós definitely a positive start to the championship and will be good for the team psychologically: for the mechanics, the technicians and the drivers. It was important to start the season well as that hadn?óÔé¼Ôäót happened in the last two years.”
Montezemolo added his praise for Massa, who started the season closer to Alonso’s pace than he did last year: “I?óÔé¼Ôäóm satisfied with Felipe Massa’s performance ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ he was very fast in qualifying and delivered a brilliant race.
“Fernando Alonso also did very well. He looked motivated and happy to have seen the first good responses to the tests confirmed on the track. So now, it?óÔé¼Ôäós feet back on the ground because there?óÔé¼Ôäós still a lot of work to do.”
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