Fernando Alonso has hit back at comments from Marco Mattiacci about the reason Ferrari signed Sebastian Vettel.

In the press release announcing Vettel as a Ferrari driver, Mattiacci said: "In Formula 1 terms, Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience and he brings with him that sense of team spirit which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front runners again as soon as possible. With Sebastian, we all share a thirst for victory as well as enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and tenacity".

When it was put to Alonso that Mattiacci had referenced how hungry Vettel is for success with the team, he hit back at the team principal.

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"I read the comments," Alonso said. "I don't think that they were very good.

"If he tried to mean that I was old and not motivated I think that he arrived too late to Ferrari. He has only a few months here and he has not seen all five years that I spent here and I fought every single race and for championships.

"Probably I was too old when he tried to renew me until the Monza race and he kept pushing and pushing and we had a lot of talks. Even in the last moments again we had a lot of phone calls and a lot of emails that I still have on my computer. Probably at that time I was not so old, but when I took my decision I guess that he has to find another driver."


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