Sep 17, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken of his frustration at the team’s lack of championship trophies in recent seasons – and his desire to see that change next year.
“Looking to 2014, I would say however that we can no longer afford to be the contender beaten in a photo-finish. I can’t wait to be winning again. The time is now, believe me.”
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport Montezemolo said team principal Stefano Domenicali was “first to advocate the choice of Kimi [Raikkonen]” as team mate to Fernando Alonso next year.
“What I ask of Raikkonen is wins, a consistent performance level and podiums and Alonso will be the first to benefit,” said Montezemolo.
“I am pleased he is back with us and the Ferrari staff greeted the news enthusiastically, as they had good memories of him.”
Montezemolo stressed that Alonso was kept in the loop about his choice of team mate and revealed they were reluctant to take a less experienced driver because of the extent of the regulation changes coming next year:
“Fernando was always in the picture regarding the choice of Raikkonen, taken partly because the alternative, that of employing a youngster, in what will be a complex 2014 season, did not inspire confidence.”
Video from NASCAR America
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. ponders a 24-hour NASCAR race 0
- ‘Do you get mad when your boyfriend wrecks you?’ Danica Patrick faces kids’ pressing questions 3
- Jeff Gordon to serve as NASCAR TV analyst this season 12
- Ganassi’s No. 02 Riley-Ford Scores Rolex 24 Victory 3
- Rex White, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver — and storyteller 1
- Is a NASCAR TV analyst career in Jeff Gordon’s future? ‘I’d entertain it’ 2
- After wedding and winter to reflect, Joey Logano looks for more in 2015 2