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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ferrari in crisis mode?

Ferrari held a two-and-a-half hour debrief in Maranello Tuesday to address its performance over the first two races of the season.

Attended by no less than Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, the goal was to get the Scuderia back on track after getting off to its worst start in 17 years.

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“I met some very angry people and I'm using an euphemism here; angry with themselves, but very determined to react,” Montezemolo said on the team’s Web site. “I brought a cowl with me to make them all understand that we have to be very awe during this season and I said that I don't want to see us on ‘Candid Camera’ after every race. Seriously, I know that the pride of this group is very strong and it will allow us to get out of this situation.”

Montezemolo said while the team believes some of the performance shortfall is “the result of the technical rules' interpretation, considered to be incorrect by many teams,” he also believes the team must develop the aerodynamics of the car. He has no doubt the Prancing Horse will turn things around.

“We've got faith in the Team, who, let's not forget, have won three of the last four World Champion titles,” he said. “Our meetings are held in the locker room, just like we did it with Todt and Brawn during difficult moments, the Team remains united and I believe in them.”

For his part, Ross Brawn has no down the competition will soon be closing the gap.

“They're both very strong and fantastic engineering companies, so I'm sure they will sort it out, but I think they're just paying the price for winning the championship last year,” ITV-F1 reports he said at Sepang.

The longtime Ferrari man chalks up the difference in performance to different priorities in 2008.

“I think it's a reflection on what's gone on over the last year or two with such a big change in regulations. McLaren and Ferrari had a championship to fight over and I can understand that it was very difficult for them to say ‘we'll stop pushing this year and put all our effort into next year.’ For us it was a very easy decision. It wasn't a clever decision, it was a very easy one. We didn't have a good car so why waste time on it?”
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