Montezemolo: Ferrari can win all remaining races

Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, believes his team are capable of winning all the remaining races of the season.

The scarlet team have won 5 of the 11 races so far this season and are second in the constructors championship, trailing rivals McLaren by 19 points. However, if McLaren win their appeal against the Hungarian stewards decision, McLaren could extend their lead.

Di Montezemolo believes that Ferrari can win the last 6 races of the season but it will take self belief from the team. “We can win all the remaining races,” he explained. “We have the capacity to do it. The team has to believe in it.”

It looks like Kimi Raikkonen has the belief that di Montezemolo is after Raikkonen believes the coming taces in Turkey, Italy and Belgium suit the car and give them a good chance of beating McLaren.

“At Istanbul, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, where there are many long straights and fast corners, we should be able to play out the F2007’s characteristics,” remarked Raikkonen. We have an excellent car and I think that the Hungaroring was the only race track so far, where we could have expected to have a slight disadvantage compared to McLaren. If I had had a free track, I could have been much stronger.

“Before the last lap I slowed down a bit to build up some space ahead of me for a hot lap, just to see what time I could have done – we got the confirmation that we could have gone faster. Whenever we have won a race, as in Magny-Cours and at Silverstone, we made up ground,” he added. “I’m convinced that when we go back onto a similar track, we can be much more competitive.”

Meanwhile, the Finn is heading back to his home country in the three week break between races to chill out and relax. “Often you just need to leave everything behind and just think about chilling out,” he admitted. “I did not make any special plans for the next two weeks. I’ll just go with the flow. I’ll play some golf, go to the sea, but mainly I will relax. The summer in Finland is perfect: and it’s the right time to enjoy it!”

Meanwhile, Di Montezemolo also spoke out over the espionage saga, explaining that his team were continuing with legal action against McLaren in both Italy and England because he personally believes the issue is a very serious one.

“As I ve already repeatedly said since the beginning of this story, what has happened is of an incomparable gravity and we will go on with great determination and profound conviction until the end, as far as the legal proceedings in Italy and England, but also as far as the sporting proceedings with the hearing at the FIA Court of Appeal on 13th September in Paris are concerned,” he explained. “For Ferrari, it is fundamental that the whole truth about this ugly story can be seen before everybody s eyes.”