Having declared that 2013 was “a year to forget” and that he was “sick of coming second,” Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is hoping the team’s new F14 T machine will help bring World Championship glory back to Maranello.
Kimi Raikkonen is the last man in Scuderia scarlet to have won the driver’s championship back in 2007, and Ferrari itself hasn’t claimed a constructors’ title since 2008.
They don’t seem like long droughts in actual number of years, but for the most successful team in Formula One history, they’ve been agonizing and frustrating.
But di Montezemolo is confident that his team – now led by the driver pairing of Fernando Alonso and the returning Raikkonen – can break through, overcome the dominant Red Bull Racing, and retake the throne.
“I’m confident because I think we have a strong team, and I think we have all the ingredients to be a success,” he said in a video statement issued by Ferrari this morning.
“[We have] two very strong drivers; I’m pleased to have Kimi back because Kimi has been the last driver to win the championship with us, and Fernando has made fantastic seasons achieving second in [three of the last] four years.”
But, again, he’s sick of coming second.
“Now, it’s time to win,” he continued. “I have a lot of confidence in new technical director James Allison and in the work that our people have made [with] the engine.”
For more of his thoughts on 2014, check out the clip above.