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Montezemolo expects answers at Ferrari

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Luca di Montezemolo: "I would like to understand why and above all understand how we can very quickly make the necessary changes." © Getty Images
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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo wants to know why his team appeared to be off the pace during pre-season testing.

At the final test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Ferrari technical director Pat Fry said the team would struggle to fight for podiums without an improvement, adding: "I am disappointed by our performance level at the moment; I think we've got a lot of work to do." Fernando Alonso said he expected the team to "suffer" at the opening rounds, although he has since played down the problems the team faces.

"I hope that it is not true that we are going to suffer at the beginning, although Alonso is always very objective," Montezemolo told Gazzetta dello Sport at the Geneva motorshow. "I would like to understand why and above all understand how we can very quickly make the necessary changes."

He also took the opportunity to reiterate his gripes about Formula One's current emphasis on aerodynamics.

"I don't like this F1," Montezemolo added. "The aerodynamics count for 90% and only the KERS makes developments possible that can be used in the production of road cars."

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, is backing Ferrari to recover.

"I am convinced they will rise again soon and that a preliminary assessment can only be made after the first two or three [races]," he told Sky. "I similarly think that McLaren will fight for the title. They could be the real surprise and it is already clear from the tests that they are very competitive."

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