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Montezemolo: 'Drivers come and go at Ferrari'

"Let me make it clear that it's Ferrari I'm interested in," he said. "Drivers, we've had a lot - some very good, some great. But drivers come and go, while Ferrari remains."

However, di Montezemolo did move to cool any potential public rift with Alonso - with whom he's always got on very well in the past - by praising the driver's ability and insisting that they were still close.

"Fernando is a great driver and I understand him, he is a bit like me: he wants to win," said di Montezemolo. "He must just remember that one wins and loses together and for its part, Ferrari must give him a car capable of starting from the front two rows.

"It doesn't sit well with me seeing our car is not competitive," di Montezemolo admitted. "That's why I intervened, even if I didn't want to abuse my authority over my men."



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Taipan

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.

Roundiniho

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.



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