Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken of his frustration at the team’s lack of championship trophies in recent seasons – and his desire to see that change next year.
“Looking to 2014, I would say however that we can no longer afford to be the contender beaten in a photo-finish. I can’t wait to be winning again. The time is now, believe me.”
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport Montezemolo said team principal Stefano Domenicali was “first to advocate the choice of Kimi [Raikkonen]” as team mate to Fernando Alonso next year.
“What I ask of Raikkonen is wins, a consistent performance level and podiums and Alonso will be the first to benefit,” said Montezemolo.
“I am pleased he is back with us and the Ferrari staff greeted the news enthusiastically, as they had good memories of him.”
Montezemolo stressed that Alonso was kept in the loop about his choice of team mate and revealed they were reluctant to take a less experienced driver because of the extent of the regulation changes coming next year:
“Fernando was always in the picture regarding the choice of Raikkonen, taken partly because the alternative, that of employing a youngster, in what will be a complex 2014 season, did not inspire confidence.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)