People in F1 sometimes come to me and ask me why I don’t report some of the things that they say. This happens with people I do not trust because when you have been lied to before, you are a fool if you let yourself be lied to again. Some people say that they have to tell lies because they cannot let out secrets but this is why the expression “No comment” was invented. Obviously with time “no comment” has come to mean confirmation of the question, but I still prefer the more civilised “I cannot tell you” rather than a bald-faced lie. Tell a lie once and you have told the journalist that you will always tell another lie and you get filed under “untrustworthy”. It is as simple as that. This is why I did not report Luca Montezemolo’s statements last weekend that he was at Ferrari to stay. A few days later, here we are, writing pieces summing up Montezemolo’s achievements at Ferrari. He is gone. This is what he had to say today. One hopes that some of it is true.
“Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the Group,” he said.
“This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position as chairman after almost 23 marvellous and unforgettable years in addition to those spent at Enzo Ferrari’s side in the 1970s. My thanks, first and foremost, to the exceptional Ferrari women and men from the factory, the offices, the race tracks and the markets across the world. They were the real architects of the company’s spectacular growth, its many unforgettable victories and its transformation into one of the world’s strongest brands. A warm farewell and my thanks also to all of our technical and commercial partners, our dealers across the globe and, most particularly, the clients and collectors whose passion I so wholeheartedly share. But my thoughts go also to our fans who have always supported us with great enthusiasm especially through the Scuderia’s most difficult moments. Ferrari is the most wonderful company in the world. It has been a great privilege and honour to have been its leader. I devoted all of my enthusiasm and commitment to it over the years. Together with my family, it was, and continues to be, the most important thing in my life.
“I wish the shareholders, particularly Piero Ferrari who has always been by my side, and everyone in the company the many more years of success that Ferrari deserves.”