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Montezemolo 'proud' of Ferrari
Luca di Montezemolo says Ferrari "can be proud" of what it has achieved in 2012 up until this point but added "pride is not enough".
Fernando Alonso goes in to the final race of the season 13 points behind Sebastian Vettel and in with a chance of winning his first drivers' title with Ferrari to add to the two he achieved with Renault. In a motivational letter to Ferrari employees following the United States Grand Prix, Montezemolo said that the team could be proud to still be in championship contention.
"We can be proud of what we have achieved so far," Montezemolo is quoted on the official Ferrari website. "For the past sixteen years, with very few exceptions, we have got used to reaching the final stage of the championship in this situation and here we are again this season, so that whatever the outcome, we have been contenders. However, pride is not enough: we want to win."
Montezemolo also praised both drivers for their performances in Austin and said the team will fight "right to the last kilometre of the last lap" on Sunday.
"In Austin the team once again did a perfect job as indeed did both drivers; Fernando made it to the podium yet again and Felipe [Massa] drove a fantastic race, apart from also demonstrating once again that he is a team player. Now we go to Sao Paolo, Brazil with the will to win, knowing that we will fight for it right to the last kilometre of the last lap of the race at Interlagos. I know it will be very tough, but I and all of us believe we can do it!"