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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July 30, 2013 9:36 PM

I don't think anyone thinks Alonso is a flunky, I certainly do not. He is one of three or four tier one drivers and he expects to win. He is also highly paid and all drivers have to be careful that their criticisms of their respective teams do not cross a line and become counter-productive. As for the Ferrari record of world championships, well, history shows that certain teams dominate for a span of time and then another rises to the top. Williams, McLaren, Ferrari and now Red Bull. This is F1. And Ferrari will be back. But, do not forget that Alonso has shunned these teams for the privilege of joining Ferrari and he knew what he was getting into. That is what I like about Kimi. In his words he will choose a team and then live with the consequences of his decision.


July 31, 2013 1:42 AM

Love the British press, you get Button and Hamilton whining to the media about how it sucked not having a car that could race, and nothing much is ever made of there comments, but Alonso gets placed on the cross, I guess he should pleased he's not German, otherwise he'd be upside down on that cross ! !


July 31, 2013 4:02 AM

You can't blame FA for wanting to go to RBR. after all he is a competitive driver. Maybe Montezemolo is mad because FA's Manager is talking to RBR for a possible seat there. and to ferrari that is bad news because your top driver thinking of leaving you for another team is tantamount to saying that the car is bad. remember ferrari isn't only a formula 1 team.


July 31, 2013 6:50 AM

I would sure like to know what Fernando's egregious remark was. So far all the criticism directed at him is baseless. I have never understood why all drivers say that a Ferrari ride is the pinnacle. Is it the shade of red?


July 31, 2013 7:09 AM

A great article on autosport gives the summary. In short, Alonso's manager met with Red Bull. Sources at RB say his availability was one topic for discussion. Ferrari management were displeased. Alonso did nothing to discount the speculation and then made the birthday comment which was to want someone else's car. So, a series of happenings and statements have led to the current situation, but don't forget, Alonso has played this game before, and to some positive effect. When he was with Renault, he said he felt alone, and the team rallied and he won a championship. Time will tell.


July 31, 2013 7:39 AM

"There is a need to close ranks, without giving in to rash outbursts that, while understandable in the immediate aftermath of a bad result, are no use to anyone," . . . i read that and thought to myself is he talking about raikkonen, also read today that Bilde are reporting that Ferrari contacted raikkonen on the tbursday before hungary (see that taipan :-D), silly season in full swing

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