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Ferrari, Montezemolo: “F138 living up to expectations. But let’s keep our feet on the ground”

montezemolo-ferrari-f138Ferrari president reflected on his team’s 2nd and 4th places in Melbourne: “Massa drove a great race. Alonso’s motivated.” Ferrari top of constructors’ championship

The F138 Speranzosa is living up to our expectations.” Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is a happy man the day after the opening Grand Prix of the 2013 season. Alonso finished second ahead of Vettel and Massa in fourth, meaning that Ferrari lead the constructors’

championship. Overall it was a good weekend for Ferrari, considering how easy it was to make mistakes in the bad weather. The F138’s race speed is encouraging and the car looked competitive with both drivers. “We did what we expected to do, we ran a good race, especially compared to Red Bull and Vettel in particular, whom I see as our biggest rival. But now we must keep our feet on the ground, there’s a lot of work to do.”

A podium finish was our objective, and we achieved that,” said Montezemolo. “Starting the championship like this is certainly positive and is psychologically good for the whole team: mechanics, technicians, and drivers. It was important to start well, which we hadn’t managed to do in the last two years.

Apart from the performance of the car, according to Montzemolo, the start, pit-stops and the overall strategy were three aspects of the race that went very well and will be fundamental throughout the season, although “we’ll have to improve the car, we know it’s not the quickest but we still have plenty of irons in the fire. It shouldn’t be difficult to develop a well-designed car.”

The Ferrari president also focused on the drivers: “I’m pleased with Felipe Massa‘s performance. He was very quick in qualifying and drove a great race. Fernando Alonso was very good. He was motivated, and also happy that the car confirmed the same level of performance in the actual race that it had showed during testing.”

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