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Ferrari must 'revamp its organisation' - Montezemolo

ESPN Staff
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Ferrari finished second in the constructors' championship despite a poor start to the year © Getty Images
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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has issued a familiar plea to his team to start the next season with a more competitive car.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso remained in the fight for the drivers' championship until the final round of the season this year after starting 2012 with an uncompetitive car. Addressing the team at its factory in Maranello, Montezemolo said Ferrari must make changes to improve over the winter.

"Now is the time to look ahead to next year," he said. "I want us to start with a car that is immediately capable of fighting for the win and it has to be our first task. In order to achieve that, each one of us must improve in our own roles by at least a millimeter. We must revamp our organisation and our working methods to try and be at the same level as the best, right from the first race, which for too many years now we have failed to do."

However, given the issues with the F2012, Montezemolo told his workforce it could be proud of its achievements.

"There were at least two cars, the McLaren and the Red Bull, that were better than ours. Therefore having managed to get ahead of at least one of them in the constructors' and keeping Fernando in the fight right to the end, was very significant and I wish to thank you for that. We managed it mainly because of our incredible reliability, the work from the pit wall and during the pit stops and in the way we reacted after a very difficult start."