Despite a fourth season without a title, Luca di Montezemolo insists he’s “proud” of his Ferrari team
Ferrari ended their season on a high note as Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa secured the team’s first double podium of the campaign.
That, though, was not enough to stop Red Bull from securing the Championship double.
With Sebastian Vettel bringing his car home in sixth place in Brazil, he won the World title by three points ahead of Alonso while Ferrari were second to Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship.
“I am proud of my team,” di Montezemolo told the team’s website.
“We fought all the way to the bitter end, getting both our drivers onto the podium for the final race of the season.
“When you miss out on the title by the smallest of margins, naturally there is some regret.
“I want to congratulate Fernando on what he has done this year: his season has been simply fantastic.
“Felipe drove very well in the second half of the season and demonstrated once again that he is a real team player.
“I also want to thank Stefano Domenicali and all his colleagues for the work they have done, day after day, to produce a car that, in terms of reliability, was perfect and for what they achieved on track in terms of strategy and the work in the garage.”
But with 2012 now a thing of the past, di Montezemolo says Ferrari must “immediately concentrate on next season, because, right from the start, we must have a car that is competitive at the highest level.”