Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken warmly of Fernando Alonso and little of Felipe Massa, as the Scuderia approaches its 800th F1 start this weekend at the Turkish GP.
Alonso led the title standings earlier this season, only for a brace of costly slip-ups – a hasty getaway in Shanghai and an accident that wrote his F10 off in Monte Carlo – to blunt the Spaniard’s challenge and leave him at the mercy of the rampaging Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari boss, however, insists he can easily forgive such errors.
“I only consider the Monaco one, where he was being over-confident,” di Montezemolo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He wanted to test the limits, thinking about the pole and he made a mistake. The jump-start in China was down to tension, but he has team spirit, he’s conscientious and has an attachment to the team.”
Perhaps tellingly, di Montezemolo spoke less about Massa, conceding only that the Brazilian needs to continue to put the team first. The Ferrari boss went on to allude to some possible changes to the team’s technical structure by way of new arrivals ‘at the middle levels’ for ‘stimulus’ and re-asserted his conviction that the current testing ban was misguided.
“The teams feel that the complete testing ban has possibly been a wrong route,” he said. “We need tests to experiment, especially those of us who transfer technology from road-to-car. We want to go back to using Fiorano, in which we have invested a lot. We are constructors, not people who race for a hobby.”