Montezemolo: “I want to see Ferrari back on the podium”
Maranello, 15 October – The “Ferrari Sporting Spirit” exhibition, which takes as its theme the sporting spirit that has always characterised the Prancing Horse marque, opened today at the Ferrari Museum. It features 25 cars, from the earliest 125 S to the latest 458 GT2, passing through the 156 F1 which Phil Hill took to the 1961 world championship title, Gilles Villeneuve’s 126 CK, the 330 P3 that won Daytona in 1967 and Nigel Mansell’s F1-89, the first Formula 1 car to feature a steering wheel-mounted gear change. These cars are the best possible representation of an element fundamental to all Ferraris. The logical car to round it off is the 458 Speciale, the very latest creation, which captures the essence of this spirit in its road-going version.
“Sporting spirit is in our DNA and this show symbolises that,” said Chairman Luca di Montezemolo at the opening ceremony, which took place in the presence of the Mayor of Maranello, Lucia Bursi and the Mayor of Fiorano, Claudio Pistoni. “I am very pleased with the way in which the Ferrari Museum is growing. This year will have welcomed around 300,000 visitors from all over the world: that’s a significant figure for our whole area, not just for us. The busy schedule of special exhibitions – this one comes on the heels of one dedicated to Pininfarina and supercars, where it is possible to admire an incredible car like the LaFerrari, – helps a lot. I hope we can develop this structure still further and, in order to do that, to be able to count on the support of the local council and businesses.”
Montezemolo also spoke briefly about all aspects of Ferrari: “We are working on all front, all over the world, from the cars, the brand and collectors. Next Saturday, I will be in Hong Kong, where we will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of our presence in this market, with an event that brings together five hundred Ferraris.”
Finally and inevitably, he also had a comment about the Formula 1 season that is coming to a close. “I read about assumed bellyaching or about the team concentrating only on 2014,” said Montezemolo. “I don’t even want to hear that kind of talk: there are still four races to go where we will field Ferraris that are fighting for the podium with maximum determination from the drivers and the whole team. As for next season, there will be time enough to talk about it, and in fact I am pleased to see that the group dedicated to that task is working very hard with maximum concentration. Everyone is well aware what they must do.”