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Ferrari

Former Chairman fumes at Ferrari: 'Enzo would never have accepted that'

But can Ferrari turn things around in the second half of the season?

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Former Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has slated the current regime for its perception of success and insisted founder Enzo "would never have accepted" recent celebrations.

The Italian outfit sits fourth in F1's Constructors' standings, behind Red Bull, Mercedes and Aston Martin, after struggling for race pace in the opening stages of the season.

A podium for Charles Leclerc at the Belgian provided optimism ahead of the second half of the campaign, yet its aim to challenge for a first championship since 2008 continues to evade the Scuderia.

"Do you know what I find unfortunate? That they are now cheering for third place, like at Spa," di Monetzemolo told Italian outlet Quotidiano Sportivo.

"That's not the way Ferrari is, and the Old Man would never have accepted that, never.

"[Enzo] Ferrari taught me a lot. As an example, he taught me never to settle. After a win, he was always thinking about the next race.

"At the same time, it was hard work. Enzo hated holidays. In August, he kept me in the office, he was not a supporter of those who went on holiday in August.

"But he was also someone who loved fun and had humour."

Ferrari must look past drivers

The futures of drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have come under heavy speculation, if not for next season but for 2025 and onwards.

Asked if the current lineup was worth keeping, di Montezemolo replied: "Charles I would definitely want to keep, he is good and in my opinion, there are no stronger drivers than him available at the moment.

"But who is currently driving the red car is the final problem. When I was the president, I created a Dream Team with [Michael] Schumacher, [Jean] Todt, [Ross] Brawn and [Rory] Byrne.

"Today... look, as a fan, I don't dream of a Ferrari that always wins, but that always fights for the title right up to and including the last race of the season, like in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

"You can lose - but as fighters, not as a sidekick."

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