Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo made an appearance in the Barcelona paddock today, in essence to underline his support for new team boss Marco Mattiacci.
De Montezemolo stressed that Mattiacci will need time to settle in, and until he does, Luca himself will remain closer to the F1 team than usual. He also stressed how disappointed he is with the current performance.
“It has to be clear, I’m not happy where Ferrari is, not happy at all,” he said. “I did not expect a team so less competitive [compared] to my expectations at the beginning of the season. First of all I have to understand very, very clear where are the problems, why we are not competitive, and to improve the situation as soon as possible, without losing calm, with maintaining good calm and having clear in front of us what are the short term goals, the medium term goals, and the long term goals.
“This is what is important, first of all to understand, and then to react. I’m sure that Ferrari has all the capabilities and all the opportunities to go back to the victory.
“We are not happy where we are, so we have to improve the situation, in terms of mentality, in terms of organisation, in terms of speed up the time to market [of new parts]. We know what we have to do.”
Regarding Mattiacci’s sideways move from road cars, he said: “When I was called by Enzo Ferrari I was passionate but not an expert, so I hope that as many other good managers in F1 Mattiacci. after a full immersion, in a few months I’m sure he will be in a condition to run in a proper way this team.
“I’m sure that Mattiacci will do a good job. He needs of course a full immersion, he’s just arrived, so of course I cannot ask him to do immediately something. I don’t believe in a one-man show, I believe in a good group, and we are working very well at the moment to try to improve the situation.”
Montezemolo expects the team to make a step forward next month.
“I expect improvement in the car in Canada, I know from the meetings that I’ve had in the last few days. I also think that without any revolution it’s important to improve the organisation, to improve the relationship with the suppliers, in other words to be really a team – fighters, determination, no panic, but calm and work, knowing what we have to do.”