Montezemolo at Wrooom 2009
Madonna di Campiglio, 16th January - Unexpected and extraordinary guests at the Wrooom's 19th edition. Yesterday Bernie Ecclestone visited the event, while today Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo participated for the first time in the meeting of the teams from Ferrari and Ducati with journalists from all over the world.
Montezemolo arrived at Madonna di Campiglio just after 1:30pm and took the Spinale cableway to get to the Chalet Fiat, where he had lunch with the Scuderia's drivers, Stefano Domenicali, the President of the Trento Province Lorenzo Dellai and Ecclestone.
Later on Montezemolo met the media. "I came to be close to our main sponsor, Marlboro, close to Ferrari for many years. I also wanted to greet our drivers, as I didn't have the opportunity last Monday at Mugello," the President said. "We're at the beginning of a Championship, which will be very difficult and full of unknown factors. We hope we'll not only be the Team to beat, but also the one which will beat all the others. The car? To me it seems quite ugly and small, but, joking aside, if it wins it will be the most beautiful car in the world."
Montezemolo: "The four S's of Formula One's future"
During his visit at Wrooom 2009 the issue of the day during the President's short meeting with the media at the Chalet Fiat was the situation in Formula 1 and its future prospects: "I think that this sport has four S's: stability, seriousness, spectacle and sustainability," Montezemolo said. "Stability means not changing the rules every six months or every year. We need to plan ahead and the spectators remain puzzled by too many changes. Seriousness, because you need a lot to be able to deal with difficult moments: we need to stay united and humble, without ever giving the impression that we're divided. Spectacle means attention to the circuits' layouts, to enable overtaking, to the sporting rules, but also to the use of new technologies such as the internet, high definition and much more that you can introduce in this field. Sustainability, because no company can stay alive if costs and earnings don't balance."
As far as the costs are concerned Montezemolo once more underlined the work done by the teams, united in the FOTA, over the last few months: "We've done some incredible work, cutting costs significantly already as of 2009 and we'll systematically do the same in 2010 and 2011. We'll also confront the issue of earnings: we've got an agreement until 2012 and we've got all the time we need to improve the show and increase income, thinking about the future. We think that Formula 1 has to be a normal sport that is not connected to single people. There must be a triangle: at the top there are the teams, who invest and innovate, today more than ever before; then there's someone who manages the commercial aspects, a type of super agent, just like Ecclestone has been doing; last but not least a sporting and political authority, which takes the teams' unanimity into account and protects the sports nature. My commitment as President has been asked by all the teams: it won't last long, but I'm glad that I managed to convince everybody that we can be competitors on the track and work together off the track. We've reached some extraordinary results, cutting costs without doing something stupid, something Ferrari could have done, such as leaving a Formula 1 without competition and innovation. For us Formula 1 is our life: it's not a coincidence that we've dedicated our new car to the 60th continuous participation of the Team in the World Championship. The company's history is interwoven with the history of Formula 1 and vice versa."
International Ski Meeting - No strudel for Montezemolo
The concomitant presence of Luca di Montezemolo and Bernie Ecclestone invigorated the Italian journalists' fantasies, that they even assumed a Strudel Pact, in reminiscence of another pact, the Crostata Pact, between the Italian politicians D'Alema and Berlusconi in 1997. "We ate venison, bresaola and a fabulous zabaione," Montezemolo said jokingly. "He's a person with great capacities, who has done a lot for Formula 1. I hope, and I say in the name of the whole Team, that we share the same vision of our sport's future, from everyone's point of view. Today we found a good balance: you can't live far from reality. It will be fundamental to have a governance system, which doesn't create regular disputes, but points towards innovation and technology."
When asked about his opinion about Ron Dennis who left the position as head of the McLaren Racing Team, Montezemolo said: "Despite all the polemics and the many clashed we had, Ron Dennis will always be a great person. He and his team have done some extraordinary work over the last decades. I don't think that he'll completely leave Formula 1. I appreciated the support he and all the others are giving to FOTA."