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Domenicali gets Ferrari show of faith

ESPN Staff
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Ferrari has scored just two podiums in the last five races © Getty Images

Luca di Montezemolo says Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is the right man to lead the team despite another disappointing start to a season.

Ferrari has won two races this season, but Fernando Alonso's championship bid has stalled in recent races as Sebastian Vettel has opened up a 39 point lead over him following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso's frustrations heading in to the summer break have led to Montezemolo having to publicly rebuke his driver, but even though Ferrari has yet to win a drivers' championship under Domenicali's leadership, Montezemolo says how close the team has come in the past should not be forgotten.

"Stefano was born and raised with us from all managerial points of view," Montezemolo tild Corriere della Sera. "But as a sportsman, he knows he needs results. However, when one talks about Domenicali, one truth is king: under his management we have one one Constructors' title and come very close to three Drivers' titles. Two of those we could easily have won and then people's opinion of Domenicali would be very different.

"There's one thing I remind him of very often: he has to get the most out of every individual in his organisation, never be satisfied and if necessary, take some drastic and painful decisions."