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No pressure on Domenicali despite indifferent form

Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is not concerned by the work of team principal Stefano Domenicali despite the Italian team currently enduring a poor run of form.

Ferrari has failed to win a race since the Spanish Grand Prix at the beginning of May, and a recent downturn in fortunes has seen Fernando Alonso fall to P3 in the drivers’ championship – a full 39 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel with half of the season gone. However, Montezemolo has complete faith in Domenicali’s ability.

“Stefano was born and raised with us from all managerial points of view,” Montezemolo explained to Italian publication Corriere della Sera. “But as a sportsman, he knows he needs results.

“However, when one talks about Domenicali, one fact is key: under his management we have won one constructors’ title and come very close to three drivers’ titles. Two of those we could easily have won and then people’s opinion of Domenicali would be very different.”

Montezemolo has however told Domenicali that he must be prepared to take action when necessary.

“There’s one thing I remind him of very often: he has to get the most out of every individual in his organization, never be satisfied and if necessary, take some drastic and painful decisions.”

The final comment from Montezemolo comes in the same week as his call for Felipe Massa to up his game if he is to remain with Ferrari in 2014, suggesting that the pressure on the Brazilian has never been greater.

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