Ferrari press release
News of the tragic death of Marco Simoncelli during today's Malaysian MotoGP was met with dismay at Ferrari. "I am very sad to hear of the death of Marco Simoncelli," said President Luca di Montezemolo on www.ferrari.com.
"I was very impressed by his speed, talent and the determination he showed this year. His qualities reminded me of Gilles Villeneuve and now, fate has chosen to link them in this tragic fashion. On behalf of everyone at Ferrari, I offer all our condolences to Marco's family for their loss."
"It's hard to express in words the pain felt at the loss of such a cheery character like Marco Simoncelli," said Scuderia Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali, who knew the Italian rider personally. "Events such as these and the equally tragic loss of Dan Wheldon a week ago in the Las Vegas Indy Car race, remind us how all those who take part in motor sport are always exposed to these risks.
One must never drop one's guard
One must never drop one's guard, aware that there is nothing one can do against fate. Now, the thoughts of all of us men and women at Ferrari and those at the Mugello circuit go out to Marco's family and friends and his team. I am really close to Fausto Gresini, a dear friend who comes from my home town, Imola, who is going through a particularly fraught time right now."