MAY 16, 2001
Montezemolo remains at Ferrari
New Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi had offered Montezemolo an undefined position in his office two weeks ago, but after receiving a plea from Ferrari fans on Tuesday the Ferrari boss decided to remain in his current position.
"Today I spoke with Silvio Berlusconi and I informed him of all the heartfelt requests coming first and foremost from the people at Ferrari and from so many of its supporters," said Montezemolo in a statement.
Montezemolo also added that he had received an "invitation from a major part of the media, who have proposed that I should make myself available to lead the Editors Federation.
He continued: "My name was today put forward by the Presidential Committee of the FIEG (Federazione Italiana Editori Giornali).
"Silvio Berlusconi has understood and appreciated the relevance of such reasons, which means I am unable to follow up the intention of being part of his Government."