Luca Di Montezemolo hoping for podiums
By Tifosa
March 7 2012

LDM:hoping for success

Ferrari boss, Luca Di Montezemolo, hopes that his team can score podiums even though his technical director has pretty much doubted the likelihood of this happening.

In the past few days, Ferrari has been scrambling to quell loud doubts about its 2012 challenger especially in wake of Pat Fry’s public doubts regarding the team’s chances of scoring a podium at Australia, the season opener.

First driver Fernando Alonso defended the car and said it was best to wait and watch what unfolds at the opening race. Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, who has been largely silent through much of this preseason, then chimed in saying that though much had to be done with regards the car’s performance and reliability, he expected team personnel to respond strongly.

And now, Ferrari president himself, LDM has hoped the team does better than has been predicted. He spoke to Italy’s Gazetta Dello Sport and said he understands the car is a work in progress.

“I hope these predictions don't turn out to be correct. Should that be the case, I'd like to know how many seconds it takes to recover,” he said.

“I've spoken with Alonso; he's told me there are many positives with the car, but highlighting them will take time. It's a car that needs to be discovered and improved, and only in Melbourne we'll know where we stand.”

The picture is not very clear; however it is certain that Ferrari finds itself in a bit of a PR nightmare with so much speculation regarding potential disaster in the season opener as well as few races into the season. There are also rumors that Ferrari has built a new chassis and is hoping to get it crash tested soon. Whatever the outcome of that, Ferrari again seems to be poised to start the season off very much on the back-foot.