Luca di Montezemolo’s visit to the European Grand Prix in Valencia was no coincidence: Ferrari’s number one was there to get the main sponsor’s approval for a new team-mate for Fernando Alonso.
After Felipe Massa has been kept in the seat at the Scuderia Ferrari, there was an urgent need to convince main sponsor Santander a quicker and less erratic driver is needed alongside Alonso, if Ferrari is to fight for the Constructor’s World Championship on 2012. During a dinner on Saturday evening Santander’s CEO Emilio Botin has finally given up his on insisting on a Brazilian or Mexican driver.
The whole story in P1Mag-eZine issue no. 20