Alonso denies reports of internal Ferrari row

L-R: Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari; Andrea Stella (ITA) Ferrari Race Engineer; Pat Fry (GBR), Ferrari Technical Director. Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 12 June 2011.Oct.31 (GMM) Championship contender Fernando Alonso has dismissed as “not true” reports in the Italian media of a post-qualifying row with Ferrari team members in India last weekend.

La Stampa newspaper claimed that the Spaniard took exception to media comments by Ferrari’s British technical director Pat Fry, and threatened to publish a ‘tweet’ about a lack of aerodynamic progress during his fading 2012 title battle.

The story spilled into the international media early this week, with some publications claiming that the revelation of an argument is fair game.

Some even linked the tale to Lewis Hamilton’s switch to Mercedes, and the rumours about Sebastian Vettel moving to Ferrari in 2014, suggesting Alonso’s future could be McLaren.

“The problem is when it is not true,” Alonso hit back on Twitter.

“It’s not fair to your readers,” he added in Spanish.

“Forza Ferrari,” Alonso ended the exchange, amid reports in the Spanish sports daily Marca that Ferrari will do yet another straightline aerodynamic test this week before introducing more updates for the F2012 in Abu Dhabi.

“I do not remember when [the test is taking place],” Fry is quoted as saying.

“We have small improvements coming to Abu Dhabi, and more in America,” he added.

“It’s not over yet and we need to keep pushing as much as we can.”

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, meanwhile, played down claims that Alonso has been overstepping the mark with some of his apparent criticism of Ferrari’s developmental progress in 2012.

“He is the best driver in the world,” said the Italian, “of that there can be no doubt.

“If he says certain things, it is only to keep everyone under pressure,” added Montezemolo.

Pressure, of course, is not in short supply, with Montezemolo insisting that Ferrari must up its game in qualifying.

“If we always start from the third or fourth row,” he is quoted by La Stampa, “then everything else becomes difficult, if not impossible.”

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  • simon

    Pat Fry… you’re too slow for a Ferrari

  • Lucciano

    Ferrari’s technical team are too slow in the development stakes.
    They seem to be lacking inspiration, creativity and their turn around is Terrible…. Plus Domenicali needs to go.

    Rory Byrne’s departure is very telling and only goes to prove how much of a genius he actually was. Ferrari have slowly gone backwards since he left. People talk about Adrian Newey this, and Adrian Newey that… In my opinion Rory Byrne was a much better designer that Newey.

    Ferrari need to start head hunting the best technical staff out there. If not they might as well retired from F1 completely.

  • Nowhereman

    What ever Alonso has said is true, whether you like it or not.
    The man could have won the WDC by now if his car was a match for the RB units.
    No one can argue that.
    He shows some frustration because he is a racer.
    I would not want a robot as a driver for my team.
    The Italians and Spanish invented passion.
    This sport requires good portions of it along with SOTA engineering prowness.
    Ferrari knows what they need to do and are doing their best in the time that remains.
    Enjoy the season people as F1 is the greatest motor sport in the world.