Maranello, 1 August – Last night was a special evening for the Scuderia Ferrari top brass, brought together again by President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci, prior to the compulsory break, as defined in the FIA regulations. The drivers, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen also attended the dinner, held at the Fiorano track facility, keen to stay with the team as long as possible after taking part in some technical meetings in the afternoon, aimed at preparations for the next races in Belgium and Italy.
Montezemolo and Mattiacci wanted to meet with the technicians, engineers, drivers and other team members to reinforce the message relating to the cornerstones on which the Scuderia’s resurgence is to be based. They are greater efficiency and speed in the time taken to react and in making decisions, a bolder approach to risk taking, the need for people to take responsibility for their own actions and a greater sharing of information between the various production departments.
The dinner, which was planned prior to the good result in Hungary, provided a further opportunity for everyone to come together as a group to share their common experience. A united team will be better able to overcome the problems and reduce more quickly the current gap separating the Scuderia from the top teams. Friday will be the final day of work at Maranello, prior to what is a summer break, but only in the physical sense, because the Ferrari team will still be thinking about all the hard work that awaits them for the rest of 2014 and the following season.