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Alonso ‘an indecipherable character’ – Merc F1 designer Costa

Former Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa has described Fernando Alonso as “a true great” of F1 but “an indecipherable character”
Former Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa has described Fernando Alonso as “a true great” but “an indecipherable character”.

Costa replaced Ross Brawn as Ferrari technical director before being sacked in 2011. Having since joined Mercedes, Costa is now part of the team dominating the 2014 season and says he wants to retain the current driver line-up of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton despite his obvious admiration for Alonso's skills.

“I consider Fernando a true great when he is in the car, driving,” Costa told Italian journalist Leo Turrini. “Out of the car, I was never able to understand him; to me he is an indecipherable character, an enigma. However he will not be coming to us at Mercedes, I do not see why Hamilton should want to leave a team like ours.”

And Costa says the lack of recent success at Ferrari can be attributed in part to the way president Luca di Montezemolo has final say on all decisions.

“Strategic mistakes were made – I'm talking here about errors of vision – very serious ones. And of course they haven't always taken the best decisions regarding people.

“I'll give you an example: In 2008 we in the racing department put in a request to construct a new wind tunnel. We considered it essential to remain competitive. We were told that this was not the case and that there was no need.

“In Ferrari all the decisions, on strategy and people, have always been taken by the president, Montezemolo. To be fair, he took them when Ferrari was winning everything and he also took them when Ferrari stopped winning.”


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Janjua

August 07, 2014 5:27 PM
Last Edited 269 days ago

whitew you are completely wrong. You need to understand F1 comprehensively. It is not all about winning championships, it is also about the number of wins, podiums achieved, the way the driver has driven compared to the car he has had and the results he has achieved considering the situation in which he was. Alonso has got all the performance out of brilliant cars in 2005,2006 and good cars in 2004,2013 but has also got results that are beyond the cars speed with bad cars in 2008,2009,2011,2012 and 2014. That is why he is a 'Great' he has shown he's ability in difficult situations, has dragged more out of bad cars and is always unbelievably consistent. A good driver is someone like Mark Webber, Alonso is great and even more than great which is one of the best ever. Senna has 3 championships compered to Shumacher's 7, Prost's 4, and Vettel's 4 but that does not mean he is worse than them because when you look at the way he drove and the situations in which he drove you notice tha

DuhFerrari

August 07, 2014 4:33 PM

whitew: He's a good driver but definitely not a great. He won the championship twice when he had the best car. Fact is that this is his 14th year in F1 and only 2 championships, hes hardly setting the world on fire.[\blockquote Either you don't watch races or you just "fell out the stupid tree" quote unquote.



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