"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."