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Fernando Alonso denies rift with Ferrari

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Fernando Alonso has insisted that there is no rift between him and Ferrari or Luca di Montezemolo.

This comes after the team president publicly rebuked Alonso for criticising Ferrari's competitiveness this season.

Montezemolo's outburst had followed Alonso commenting after the Hungarian Grand Prix that he would like a faster car for his birthday. The Ferrari president had claimed that when he called Alonso to wish him on his birthday, he also 'tweaked his ear'.

Quoted by ESPN, Alonso said:  "Nothing really. I think it was the wrong information coming to the president to be honest because we looked back through all the press conferences. Now in these days with the recorders etc, it's easy to check exactly what you say and obviously it was nothing different to any other grand prix.

"There was nothing different in the team and I tried to push for the team and for our performance."

Alonso further praised Montezemolo as the father of the Ferrari family and outlined his respect for the Italian.

"He's the father of this family, of Ferrari, he's a great motivator, he's a man that put everyone in the team in the clear side and tells us exactly what he expects from us and what he wants from us," he added.

Providing further clarification about rumours linking him with Red Bull, the Spaniard said that he and Montezemolo had not held any discussions regarding the matter.

"I think the president is a very intelligent man to separate what is a rumour and what is true, so he never asked me anything. We both have many years in Formula One now and we know what the summer break means in terms of rumours etc.

"So there were never questions and as I said, he's the man that has helped all of us to keep our heads down, our feet on the ground and our commitment to the team," said Alonso. 

Alonso is currently third in the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship with 133 points, a point adrift second place Kimi Raikkonen and 39 behind leader Sebastien Vettel.

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