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Montezemolo praises Ferrari reaction
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has praised the way that Ferrari has reacted to a difficult start to the season.
While the F2012 was comfortably off the pace early on, Fernando Alonso still managed to take victory in changeable conditions in Malaysia. Since then, however, Ferrari has made steady progress until a major upgrade introduced before the Spanish Grand Prix has made the team more competitive. Montezemolo said that he acknowledges the challenge of fighting at the front year after year, but was pleased with the way the team had recovered from its early troubles.
"We have always been at the top," Montezemolo told CNN. "In this sport, it's difficult to win, but even harder to constantly stay at the top. At the beginning of the year, I was very disappointed in the car as it was not what I had expected it to be, but we have fantastic people in the team. I push them very hard and they work day and night. I have every confidence in Stefano Domenicali, in whom I invested for the future. Alonso is fantastic and I am also very pleased with how [Felipe] Massa's weekend went in Monaco: I'm counting on him to take valuable points off our competitors.
"However, there is a lot of work to do, because I am not yet satisfied. Some days ago, I sent a message to all the team, underlining the fact that winning depended on us alone. Everyone must give their all. We must be perfect. Each one of us must secure pole position in our own jobs. We still need to improve the car and I am very happy with the way the team has reacted."
Montezemolo would also not be drawn on the potential driver line-up for 2013.
"At the moment, I am concentrating on everything except this. We will see later. Alonso is the best driver in the world. Alonso is one of those drivers, like Lauda and Schumacher, who have had a great importance in my professional life and in that of Ferrari. He has all the requisites for winning, but we need to improve the car. I think Felipe will do well in the second half of the season. Let us not forget that, in 2008, he crossed the finish line in Brazil as champion, only for [Lewis] Hamilton to just squeeze him out of it. Alonso has a fantastic attitude: just like Schumacher, he knows how to work closely with the team and he maintains that positive attitude, even in the difficult moments. Now the aim is to improve for the round in Canada."