Luca di Montezemolo has attempted to rally the Ferrari staff by telling them that the 2012 title can still be won.
The company president made the comments in an open letter to his employees.
Fernando Alonso is currently an impressive second in the World Championship, on the same points as leader Sebastian Vettel, after five races. However good fortune has played a part, and the consensus in the paddock is that the Italian team will have to make big steps with its car in order to stay in the hunt.
“The championship is very open and so far, there has not been one dominant force,” said Montezemolo. “A series of circumstances and the work done here to improve the car, as well as Alonso’s great ability, has led to us leading the Championship after five rounds. We must capitalise on that, with each one of us giving our very best at home and at the race track, including Massa who must bring home the results we expect from him.
“I know from [Stefano] Domenicali, with whom I am in constant contact, how hard all of you are working. Of this I am sure, also because winning the Championship depends only and exclusively on ourselves: on our ability, our creativity, our determination and our desire to show that we are the best.”