"Fernando is a great driver, who has done a lot for Ferrari
and he is right to be unhappy at not securing better results," continued di Montezemolo. "From that point of view, I am more unhappy than he is."
However, he added: "But in a great family, you win and lose together and now I'm expecting the team to do their very best."
"The radio messages have been misunderstood, as is often the case when you don't experience something first hand," said Alonso himself. "The word 'genius' refers to the fact that we could have got out before Rosberg had gone by on his quick lap, but this should not raise any doubts about the impeccable job from the whole team.
"He [Massa] was perfect," added Alonso. "He was a little bit in front of me and helping me along the straights. It was perfect and this extra tenth or something was thanks to him."
Despite those reassurances, the ever-zealous Italian press will likely be vigilant to spot further signs of a growing distance between Alonso and Ferrari, which may in turn influence the team's decision on who to sign as their second drive for 2014 - whether to go for an equal talent such as Kimi Raikkonen, stick with a known quantity such as Felipe Massa
- or maybe try something even more surprising such as Nico Hulkenberg, who made a vivid impression on the Monza paddock by storming to third place on the grid for Sunday's race in the Sauber.
The silly season continues, and will do for some weeks yet.