F1 » Montezemolo: 'Drivers come and go at Ferrari'

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has explained why he gave Fernando Alonso a public warning earlier this week, but his latest comments do little to suggest the growing rift is healed.

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August 03, 2013 11:55 AM

I agree that F1 is a team sport. But some individuals makes the differences. Yes with all the money they have, Ferrari can lure other great drivers to Alonso's seat like Hamilton, Vettel even a Raikkonen's return. But would they be the same as Alonso? I mean would Red Bull be the same without Newey? Is McLaren the same without Hamilton? We can pose hundred of questions like these. I know that Ferrari is very important for this sport but I just don't like the arrogance of such rich men like Montezemolo.


August 03, 2013 12:09 PM

Firestorm, I can understand Alonso's frustrations with the car but telling the Worlds media that he'd rather have someone else's car isn't exactly helpful. How do you think that makes the Ferrari, management, engineers, mechanics, designers etc feel?
They are a team and should act like a team. If Alonso made a mistake during a race and LDM told the media I'd rather have someone else's driver I don't think Alonso would be too impressed.
Alonso has been an excellent team leader at Ferrari so far, a surprise to me I must admit but this comment is a black mark against him.
He's lucky Enzo isn't still in charge, as that comment would have got him booted out no doubt.


August 03, 2013 12:12 PM

A spot of reading on here led me to an article on "the truth about kimi and ferrari in 2008". I'm not much for conspiracy theories but the facts are there, plain and simple - the ousting of Todt, PR wars, Kimi's front end (!).....all that gumpf.....
Its always been there and stuff like this just puts a sour taste in your mouth about the whole sport. You know its not all about "just going fast" sometimes, strings are being pulled and deals being done that fans will never know about.


August 03, 2013 12:47 PM

schumacher, massa and alonso have all been runners up in the drivers championship when ferrari put their effort into winning the drivers with these great pilots. massa got actually got closer than schumacher 'and' alonso. maybe they should let the drivers race it out as they did in 2007 until a specific point in the season


August 03, 2013 1:14 PM

Jakel, LDM's is a major part of Ferrari, he was Enzo's assistant as far back as 1973 and has been an instrumental part of the team ever since. Anyone interested in Ferrari will remember the role he's played in the teams history.


August 03, 2013 1:22 PM

At the end of the day, Luca has a point. Points in F1 gives teams money, the more points the more money. And a bigger money bonus for winning. That's why most teams value the Constructors Title more than the Driver's Title. At the same time though, both drivers can't seem to win races and even may not make it into the points as well. And a driver wants to win the Drivers Title as his main priority as well. So it's a 50/50 argument. Some may say that Luca's comments are very arrogant, but Ferrari have always been like that.

Ferrari's motto: Put up or shut up.


August 03, 2013 1:35 PM

Taipan, regardless if the old man was still with us or not Alonso should feel lucky he still have a FERRARI seat and that regardless of how good and exceptional a driver he is and regardless that that all at FERRARI believes so.
History shows that FERRARI is the only team ever in the history of the sports that doesn't tolerate any one component in the team to behave in an way of any sort prejudicial to the interests of the team, just imagine a FERRARI driver twitting his car set up data, and that gets me to that one eyed at the top of this page sounding like mclaren would have been any better this year with Lulu on board.
Sometimes it saddens me reading such posts from people that pretend they follow F1 racing.


August 03, 2013 1:50 PM

My View on the matter, is that di Montezemolo is a fool. two and a half years now Alonso has been carrying the Ferrari F1 car on his back to finish, just points from another championship and every time it cam be laid down to poor performance from the team. Either the car is not competitive and takes half a season to get close to what it should be or the team strategies or so out of sync with the race that it is a total disaster. Alonso has every right to express his frustrations with an under performing team.

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