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11/06/08
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Ferrari: Proud to be World Champion  It's time to celebrate the World Champion. Today the conclusive event of the Prancing Horse's motorsports season - the "Ferrari Days" - started at Mugello. In the after noon the Scuderia met at the "Nuova Logistica" department to celebrate the 16th Constructors' World Title, the eight in the last decade. "I want to congratulate you all for what you have done this year: we earned this Title, because we never gave up," Stefano Domenicali told the Scuderia's men and women of the team.

"It's was a complicated season, where many things happened, but we always knew how to react. I remember that last summer we asked you for another effort as far as your work was concerned to try to reconquer the leadership in terms of performance: we made it and I have to acknowledge that. We had the best possible car and all credit belongs to you."

Furthermore Domenicali wanted to thank two people: Luca di Montezemolo and Jean Todt: "Our President was always close to us and he always supported us. He asked us eight out of ten at the end of last year and we made it. Todt, who had a new role this year, followed us step by step, helping us with his experience and his knowledge. I can assure you that in this position the pressure is really high and it's important for me to know that they support me and that I can count on your work and your passion."

The youngest Team Principal in the history of Ferrari winning the World Title didn't hide his disappointment about the Driver's Title missed by Felipe Massa the moment he had already crossed the line as the winner of the Brazilian GP: "We're sorry for Felipe, who had an incredible season. We didn't lose the Championship in Brazil but before, when we had problem with reliability and made mistakes. We have to analyze the causes, with tranquility but decisively, to be sure that it will not happen again in the next year. Now we have to congratulate our competitors, because they were really strong and they earned what they achieved."

The surprise of the afternoon was a call Domenicali received when he was talking. It was Montezemolo calling from New York. The Ferrari President spoke to the present Team members, ending his call with a witty remark: "We managed to save Hamilton from being sent to the psychiatric ward. But seriously, I want to congratulate you and your boss Stefano Domenicali. You can be proud of this Championship, which means a lot, considering all that happened. I'm sorry that I can' be there with you today, but I hope to see you very soon, on Sunday at Mugello."

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