Two time world champion Fernando Alonso was rebuked by Ferrari team president Luca Di Montezemolo on his birthday, via a bizarre phone call.
It’s not clear which comments the often flagrant Spaniard made that angered Luca, but perhaps, it was when the 32-year-old was asked what birthday present he would like after finishing fifth in the Hungarian Grand Prix, to which Alonso replied “someone else’s car.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand how that could have affected Ferrari’s president. Ferrari later released a statement in which Alonso was reminded by Montezemolo that "all the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own".
He also stated that "this is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one's own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it".
The statement comes as a stark warning to their star driver; as Ferrari rarely release details of their internal affairs.
The situation between team and driver appears to have weakened further as Ferrari’s statement was released a day after Alonso's manager purportedly had had a meeting with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
Despite Alonso insisting he is happy at Ferrari, sources close to the driver say that he believes he’s driving an uncompetitive car, to his and the car’s limit, whilst Ferrari continue to insist that Alonso fails to drive competitively during qualifying.
I think most would agree that despite Ferrari’s heritage, their last few F1 cars have been under par and only Alonso’s driving skill has won them races.
Ferrari need a truly great car, or they seriously run the risk of losing a truly brilliant driver.
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