Media coverage of seemingly critical comments that Fernando Alonso
made over the team radio to the Ferrari
pit wall at the end of Saturday qualifying was a case of people trying to cause a rift between the team and the drivers, according to Alonso.
"Some people still try to create some tension between team and driver but here is the better symbol," he said when talking with Jean Alesi and John Surtees as part of the post-race podium celebrations at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. "Zero tension and we fight for the championship always," he insisted.
Later in the press conference he continued to fume at the way the story had been reported. "It's the third or fourth consecutive race that some people have tried to create some tension between the team and the drivers," he pointed out.
"We come to the press conference, we explain everything but obviously this doesn't sell so many newspapers," he added, referring to this as "normality."
Alonso went on to insist that he still had the full support not only of the team and Ferrari
president Luca di Montezemolo but also of the Tifosi, as was demonstrated by their fanatical support for the two-time world champion when he took second place at Monza.
"Every time I leave an airport, the hotel, home, everywhere – here in Italy there's huge support, huge love from them and me to them as well and to the team," Alonso insisted. "We keep repeating this and we saw today on the podium maybe not many of them read the newspapers in the morning, luckily."
It's a particularly sensitive time for Alonso to be besieged by press reports, which were as fervent as ever in Italy the morning after the Italian Grand Prix. with rumours suggesting that Kimi Raikkonen
is imminently about to be confirmed as heading into the team for 2014 in place of Felipe Massa, while others are connecting Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg
with the seat.
"We will see what happens," said Alonso when asked what he expected the team to announce regarding the second car. "It is a team decision - all the names for me are the same. I have a huge respect for Felipe. He is a great professional driver working hard in the simulator and with the team.
"I don't want to talk about any [alternative] names," he added. "If the team decide to keep Felipe I will be only happy."
Alonso said that he had no concerns that if the team opted to replace Massa with a big hitter like Raikkonen, he might not be able to rely on the same level of on-track loyal support from his team mate in races next season as he has in 2012 and 2013.