Ferrari “can’t afford to keep getting beaten” – Montezemolo

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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.”