Montezemolo calls on Ferrari to deliver for Alonso
Alonso's relationship with Ferrari appeared to be strained during the 2013 season as poor car development saw the team slip off the pace after Alonso had won two of the first five races. Montezemolo had previously given him a rating of eight out of ten for his performance this season and explained to RAI Uno that it is now down to Ferrari to provide Alonso with the tools to challenge Sebastian Vettel for the championship.
"He is right to be proud of second place: he had a great season," Montezemolo said. "We must give him a quicker car and he will get the most out of it. Eight out of ten, instead of ten? My eight is worth a ten because it's a score I give as an incentive: I hope to give it him next year and to give an eight, at least, to the team."
Montezemolo also pointed to previous Ferrari dominance as proof that it can turn the tables on Red Bull in 2014.
"For next year I would like to present him with a car that's even better than Red Bull. Let's not forget we know how to do that: one only has to think of the five year period from 2000 to 2004 and the wins in 2007 and 2008. I thank him for all his efforts and the determination he showed this year and for the fact he would have been prepared to let [Felipe] Massa get onto the podium last Sunday back in Brazil, as it testifies to the nice atmosphere in our team.
"[Adrian] Newey isn't his opponent: there are the drivers, starting with Vettel, then [Lewis] Hamilton and [Nico] Rosberg, who has improved a lot, and there's [Kimi] Raikkonen who will be trying to win, which will give us a boost and should bring the points we were missing this year."