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Ferrari chief expects more from team

A string of very positive results that includes four consecutive podium visits by Alonso just increases expectations.
Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rome, Aug 2, 2011 (AFP) - Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo said on Tuesday he expects more wins from the team throughout the rest of the season.

Ferrari's Spanish two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has picked up more points than any other driver over the last four races, winning one and securing a podium finish in all four.

And the Ferrari chief now expects more of the same in the final eight races." I can see the right spirit in the team after a very difficult start to the season," he said.

"(Team Principal Stefano) Domenicali and his crew seem very determined; concentrating fully on their tasks for the second part of the year which I am sure will feature Ferrari in the role of a key player.

"I expect we will pick up wins to add to the important and historically very significant victory achieved at Silverstone."

Alonso is fourth in the driver standings but 89 points behind runaway leader and defending champion Sebastian Vettel.

Felipe Massa, however, is well out of the running in sixth with less than half his team-mate's points.

For the team, including drivers, mechanics and management, having a taste of victory and basically come back to be competitive and therefore in contention, just wets the appetite for more.

Ferrari has shown strong reliance, this in spite of being in lower competitive level when compared to McLaren and further away Red Bull at the early stages of the season. At some point, Mercedes was very close, but now the team is confident enough to know they can be as good as them, and why not, become better by the second half.
 

Massa and Alonso side by side at Hungaroring.

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