Fernando Alonso is to let his actions speak louder than words in response to the “eight out of ten” he was given by Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo this week.
The President of the fabled Italian team gave the rating in an in-depth interview with CNN this week despite a year that has seen a few ups and downs in the relationship between team and driver.
From the high’s of victories in China and Spain, Alonso was publicly rebuked by the team after comments he made at the Hungarian Grand Prix during the summer, the year has also seen Ferrari fall down the order in the latter races just hanging on to third in the Constructor’s Championship with Alonso second in the Driver’s standings.
Asked what rating he would give himself for 2013, Alonso told the EFE news agency: ”I do not give a rating.”
“I did my job and I hope that it is valued as much as possible.”
According to Spanish sports daily AS he added: ”I like to talk on the track.
“But I am proud of this runner-up (position) because I did it with the seventh or eighth (best) car on the grid.
“Last year I was more sad because I lost it (the title) in the last race, but this year I am more proud of my achievements.”
The double world champion then spoke about how he was nearly forced to sit out last weekend’s US Grand Prix Austin after suffering dizziness and headaches following his 28G bump over the kerbs in Abu Dhabi.
“I am ok now,” he is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, “but had there been a race the week after Abu Dhabi, I definitely would not have been able to drive.
“Pedro (de la Rosa) was on standby,” Alonso revealed.
The Spaniard finally gave a first insight into what it will be like driving a 2014 F1 car after testing the initial design on the Ferrari simulator.
“When I tried it for the first time, it was really difficult to drive,” he is quoted by the correspondent for Italy’s Autosprint.
“But each new simulation changes everything,” added Alonso, “so I am sure it will be very different by Melbourne.”
Felipe Massa has also driven the initial 2014 car despite moving to Williams for 2014 and speaking about the experience he said: ”It’s a different world to this year,” he said. “There is so little grip, it’s like driving in the rain.”
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