Alonso’s Ferrari criticism earns strong response from president

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo reacted firmly to Fernando Alonso’s criticism of the team following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

An article published on the team’s website described how Montezemolo admonished the team’s leading point-scorer after calling him on Alonso’s birthday yesterday.

“All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own,” Montezemolo told Alonso.

“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.”

Alonso is understood to have singled out Ferrari’s design team for criticism after failing to finish on the podium in the last two races. News of the public rebuke to Alonso came on the same day Ferrari confirmed it had hired James Allison from Lotus, an aerodynamicist who Alonso worked with when he won his two world championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006.

Ferrari also believe the changes made to the tires in the wake of the failures seen at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone early this month have worked against them.

After 10 of this year’s 19 race Alonso is third in the drivers’ championship, 39 points behind Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari are also third in the team’s championship, 83 points adrift of Red Bull.