Former Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo hopes that Lewis Hamilton’s sixth title will be his last and that Ferrari will finally be able to put an end to the long dry spell without a Championship.
The Mercedes dominance in the turbo hybrid era continued when the silver arrows secured the constructors’ title in Japan and Hamilton won his fifth driver’s title in six years in America.
The British driver is therefore only one World Champion title behind the record set by Michael Schumacher and Montezemolo and hopes that Ferrari can prevent Hamilton from catching up with Schumacher in 2020.
“I hope this sixth title will be the last for Lewis Hamilton and that next year things will go well for Ferrari,” Montezemolo told Italian Radio Rai.
Back in the day, TJ13 oft referred to Montezemolo as Il Padrino, i.e. The Godfather, and one can easily imagine such a statement from ‘the man’ could only mean Hamilton’s soon to be ‘whacked’ in a Good Fella’s style. I digress…
“Watching Ferrari fight until the last GP of the season would be the most important thing.” continue Il Padrino.
“There are also reliability problems, but I understand that this can happen if you look for performance solutions.
“As a fan, I hope that we [Ferrari] will win next year or, if not, lose the World Championship at the last race with a very competitive team.”
For the rest of this season, current Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto is confident of a return to the speed they showed in Mexico.
“We come to the penultimate round of the season after a frustrating race in Austin, where we were unable to deliver the results we felt we could have done,
“On Sunday, Charles’ pace in the first stint was poor although his car performance level was back to normal after the first pit stop. So we will put all this behind us now and look ahead to Brazil and a fresh start.” concludes Binotto.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is also confident about the prospect of racing in Brazil saying: “I think in a nutshell, anything can happen,”
“I don’t know why, but there is something about this place and this circuit. Every year, something crazy happens and, if it doesn’t you can be sure it will the following year.
“This is another track that has suited us well in the past and treated us well over the last couple of years. I remember we had good pace there and Kimi was on the podium last year, while two years ago we won the race.
“I think overall it’s been a good hunting ground for us and hopefully it will be like that again this weekend.”