Fernando Alonso went out of his way Thursday to play down the rebuke he received from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo after the Hungarian GP.
Reacting to comments from the Spaniard – who was also linked to discussions with Red Bull – Montezemolo had made it clear that no one is bigger than the team. However, Alonso glossed over the affair on Thursday at Spa-Francorchamps.
“I think it was wrong information coming to the president,” he said. “We looked back to all the press conferences. These days with recorders, etc., it’s easy to check exactly what you say – and it was nothing different to any other Grand Prix, nothing different in the team, and I tried to push for the best for the team and for our performance.
“He is the father of this family, of Ferrari, he is a great motivator, he is a man that put to everyone in the team the things on the clear side, and told us exactly what he expects from us and what he wants from us. The summer was very good, we were relaxing and preparing this race, talking with the team every day, talking with the president every day.”
Alonso said he hadn’t been asked about the Red Bull rumors: “I think the president is a very intelligent man, [and he can] separate what are rumors and what can be true. He never asked me anything. We have both been in F1 for many years now, and we know what the summer break means in terms of rumors. so there were never questions. He is the man that helps all of us to keep our heads down, our feet in the ground, and committed to the team.”
Asked if he would take any lessons away from the affair, Alonso said: “The lesson is that anything we do, the repercussion of being in Ferrari or the repercussion of what Ferrari does is bigger than any other. This is the best team in the world. It was so clear in the young driver test.
“I said I was not going to the young driver test because there was nothing to test; there are no tires to test and there is no setup possibility. Alonso creates big polemics against Ferrari, against Pirelli, against the world.
“But Kimi (Raikkonen) was not going, and it’s funny! McLaren drivers were not going, and it’s funny. This is the repercussion of being Ferrari, and the president and me talked about this, as well. Also, we learned that doing four press conferences in the weekend in three different languages, two of them are not in my mother language, and I am from the north, so I don’t speak perfect Spanish.
“It means there can be mistakes and there can be misunderstandings. What we need to do is to concentrate on racing, because we need to be together, we need to be united and we need to win this championship. We need all the sides of the team in the right direction, and also pay maximum attention out of the car to not make any mistakes.”Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Formula 1, Formula One, Luca di Montezemolo