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'I want a strong Massa' - di Montezemolo

ESPNF1 Staff
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More of the same: Stefano Domenicali celebrates Ferrari's Monza victory with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa © Getty Images

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has urged Felipe Massa to do all he can to help team-mate Fernando Alonso's bid to win the drivers' title.

"I have waited for Felipe with great perseverance in the last four races," di Montezemolo told Gazzetta dello Sport . "I want a strong Massa who will shave points off the rivals.

"In Singapore he had some bad luck, but he is in good condition to win. Those who race for Ferrari don't race for themselves, but for the Ferrari team colours. One who wants to race for himself will have to face his team."

Asked about Ferrari's resurgence after a difficult start to the season, di Montezemolo said: "First of all the decision to focus on Alonso has been proven to be right. He is extremely strong and very close to the team, and has been able to blend in well from day one despite the concerns of some.

"The second is the spirit of determination of the team that has never been broken and disjointed. It has shown great ability to respond and fight back and knows how to win even under pressure. The third is to have also focused on people like [Stefano] Domenicali and [Aldo] Costa who have proven to be absolutely vital."

"It's been a strange season. We won the first race, then we had some problems with the development of the car. The victories at Monza and Singapore have rekindled hope."

He added the final race of the season - in 2010 that is in Abu Dhabi - was likely to be the key. "From 1997, if we exclude 2005, we either won the F1 championship or we lost it in the last race.

"Ferrari has always been team to beat. We won eight constructors' world championships in the last ten years, it is important for me to reach the highest levels in Formula 1 this year as well. We're second and we will contest the championships until the very end."