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Alonso: Nothing has changed

30 July 2010

Fernando Alonso insists that he hasn't been affected by the reaction to what happened during the German Grand Prix last weekend at Hockenheim.

Alonso and the Ferrari team have come under fire for the manner in which the result of the race was decided, with the team sending a coded message to Felipe Massa to allow the Spaniard through to secure victory.

Despite widespread criticism, Alonso has remained unrepentant over what happened and he again insisted in the Hungaroring paddock that he wasn't worried about things being said – and written – about him.

“Of course it doesn't affect me, not at all,” he told the official F1 website. “If we lost only one percent of our concentration because of things that have been said in the media we'd be totally lost. Not only because of Germany, but because there's always a small anecdote to every race - one time it is the crash between the Red Bulls in Turkey, the next time it is the overtaking in the pit lane between Massa and myself.

“There is always something to talk about the week after a race, so we cannot pay too much attention to it. There are many opinions on things anyway, and many things have been said in the last couple of days. The opinion of some of the drivers or team principals is their opinion and we respect that, but we have to concentrate on our job. For us the only important thing is that the car is competitive and we can do well here in Hungary as well.”

Massa faced a barrage of questions during the Thursday press conference in Hungary when he insisted he wasn't the number two driver within the team and Alonso also said there was no number two – or number one driver – within the team.

“I think there is no number-two driver, and also no number-one driver,” he said. “I think it is more about the respect for each other, and moreover respect for racing for the Scuderia - which means a lot.

“I think we are happy with the performance of the car in the last couple of races and in Germany finally there was the point were we arrived with both cars to the chequered flag without any problems and we were both able to score points. But also in Silverstone and Valencia the car was good, so our aim here is to continue this line.

“There is nothing to add to this conversation - it is the past and we said everything in Germany already.”


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