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Ferrari president demands improvement from F1 team

Luca di Montezemolo issues an ultimatum for the team to improve their performance following a disappointing start to the Formula One season.

MARANELLO, Italy // Luca di Montezemolo, the Ferrari president, has issued an ultimatum for the team to improve their performance following a disappointing start to the Formula One season.

Montezemolo tells the team's website that "this cannot and must not be the team's level."

Ferrari have progressively got worse in each of the three races thus far, with the team's best result coming at the season opener in Australia with Fernando Alonso's fourth place.

In Malaysia, Felipe Massa led the team to fifth, followed by a sixth-place finish from the Brazilian in China yesterday.

Montezemolo adds that he expects "our engineers to act with determination and know-how" and to "improve the performance of the car in a short time."

The next race, one where the majority of F1 teams will bring new developments to their cars, is the Turkish Grand Prix on May 8.