Fiat boss critical of Montezemolo's comments

By on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

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Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne has criticised comments made by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo in the run-up to last weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Rumours circulated during the weekend at Monza that Montezemolo was set to announce his departure from Ferrari but he rebuked such reports, saying that "I will be the first - and I emphasise the first," to reveal if and when he would leave the Italian marque.

However, Marchionne - who runs Fiat, Ferrari's parent company - said that nobody is indispensable.

"We are good friends but his statements, these are things I wouldn't have said myself," said Marchionne.

"On volume and economic results Luca has done an outstanding job. I consider myself essential, of course. But I also know very well that I am at the service of this company. So to create positions, illusions that one can operate outside the rules, is talking rubbish.

"It's the same for him as it is for me; we serve the company. When the company has a change of plan, or if there is no longer a convergence of ideas, things change.

"Nobody is indispensable."

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