Decision to focus on Alonso ‘right’ – Montezemolo

Fri, 1 October 2010, 10:01

Oct.1 (GMM) Luca di Montezemolo has spelled out Felipe Massa’s supporting role in the 2010 world championship, showing no regret for the decision to put the “focus” of the Ferrari challenge on number 1 driver Fernando Alonso.

Speaking at the Paris motor show on Thursday, the Ferrari president urged Brazilian Massa to show a better performance at the decisive races, having struggled with the F10 recently.

“I have waited for Felipe with great perseverance in the last four races,” Montezemolo is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I want a strong Massa who will shave points off the rivals,” he added.

On the other hand, Spaniard Alonso has won the past two races from pole, and has been in Ferrari’s box seat at least since July’s German grand prix, where Massa was controversially moved aside whilst leading.

“The decision to focus on Alonso has been proven to be right,” said Montezemolo.

“He is extremely strong and very close to the team, and has been able to blend in well from day one despite the concerns of some,” he added.

Montezemolo showed no regrets about Ferrari’s stance; a philosophy not so openly embraced by the Maranello based team’s championships rivals Red Bull and McLaren.

“Those who race for Ferrari don’t race for themselves, but for the Ferrari team colours,” said the Italian.

“One who wants to race for himself will have to face his team,” Montezemolo insisted.

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