F1 » Di Montezemolo warns Alonso over conduct


Fernando Alonso is warned over his conduct by Ferrari on the back of comments made following the Hungarian Grand Prix

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FW14

July 30, 2013 3:42 PM

mrfill, Lewis expressing concerns about a car which is the second fastest in quali and 5th to 12th fastest in a race is not him complaining. I would expect rubbish talk like that from Taipan the terror but not from you mrfill. If you want a definition of a driver complaining then I suggest you look at that Scots chap at Force India.

Toto has gone on record saying Lewis has brought the team together and have been a major part of the improvement of W04. FA take note.

As for Schumi he came out of retirement because he wanted to work with Ross Brawn and the Mercedes company wanted a well known name to pilot their car unfortunately for Schumi Nico was a sleeping giant.

Sasha Alexandrovich

July 30, 2013 3:43 PM

The guys at Ferrari should try to find a unique gain/design and not try to copy or ban others. They are a second behind where they should be. They lost it the year Kimmi drove for them and after that they gradually went down to where they are now. Without any sign of significant improvement. At least the car doesn't break down yet all the time like in the Manssel/Alesi/Berger and early Schumi years. If they can't get the chassis fast enough this year, I doubt that they can find a good enough performance advantage in the turbo engine to make up for the gap.

benignlyindifferent

July 30, 2013 3:57 PM

He left Lotus - twice! They won't have him and can't afford him anyway. He left McLaren, only to see Lewis go on to win a championship. I truly do not believe Seb would allow him to come to Red Bull. So what's left?
I think he licks his wounds and makes nice with Luca. But rest assured Horner will leverage this for his negotiations with Kimi.

Jim Clausen

July 30, 2013 4:41 PM

When it comes to driver talent, I think Alonso considers himself at least the equal to Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen, with the rest of the lineup being less talented. I would agree that is a pretty accurate assessment. Considering that he has not won a championship in three full seasons with Ferrari, with one sure championship thrown away by team tactics, I think the criticism of the team is justified. Had Alonso been Vettel's teammate I doubt Vettel would be a three time champion.

Mark _

July 30, 2013 5:50 PM

'all the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own.'

I would expect that the interests of the team like the interests of the champion's are to win. What am I missing here?

benignlyindifferent

July 30, 2013 7:05 PM

First of all, drivers drive for and are paid by the teams, and the teams do not "work for" the drivers. However, perspective is sometimes lost. Regardless, it now seems that the Ferrari camp are circling the wagons in damage control mode to try to mitigate damage caused by the comments of both. Let's face it, with nowhere for Alonso to go, and no tier one driver knocking on Ferrari's door, they need each other.

nealio

July 30, 2013 8:13 PM

Di Montezemolo by publicly criticizing Ferrari's greatest asset is revealing his own vulnerability to criticism for failing to develop a team structure capable of creating a competitive car for Alonzo. How many times has it been stated from team owners, engineers and drivers that it is a total package which wins the championship. Alonzo can't do it alone as the last three seasons have made it abundantly clear. No driver can in the narrow form Formula One has evolved into today.

Jim Clausen

July 30, 2013 9:11 PM

benignlyindifferent,

F1 drivers are highly talented. They are not some flunky working for a fast food restaurant. I think di Montezemlo should be the one to keep his mouth shut. Talents such as Alonso's are not too abundant. Other than the Schumacher era and Kimi's, by the skin of his teeth, championship, Ferrari has not been a team to win WDCs in the last thirty or so years.

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