Ferrari must give Alonso good enough car warns Berger

Fernando Alonso In the Ferrari F138

Fernando Alonso during F1 testing in Barcelona

After a low-profile winter for Fernando Alonso, some experts think the 2013 season is Ferrari‘s very last chance to give the Spaniard a truly top car before he loses interest.

“I believe his motivation will run out if he does not get the right material very soon,” former driver Gerhard Berger is quoted by the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was told by Italy’s influential La Gazzetta dello Sport that Alonso, the 2012 runner-up, appeared almost “in hiding” throughout the pre-season period.

“I don’t see it that way,” Montezemolo insisted.

“But I understood his fears in the first test, when he didn’t want to talk because he had to understand the possibilities of the Formula 138.

“I hear from him almost every day. He is calm and confident,” he added.

Alonso’s manager, the former Renault boss Flavio Briatore, also acknowledged the double world champion’s low-profile winter.

“He first wants to race, to really see where the (2013) Ferrari is. That’s why from the outside he may appear tense, apprehensive,” the Italian said.

“He is pleased with the outcome of the tests but as always you don’t know where the others are exactly.

“Fernando is hoping that the gap to Red Bull has reduced. If he can start on par with the others, he will surely win the world championship.”

Win or not, Montezemolo is sure Alonso “will respect” his contract, which is set to run to the end of 2015. (GMM)

  • Forza Ferrari

    Yes, Ferrari has to provide Alonso a good enough car to win the title, I agree, but if Ferrari gives him a very good car then Alonso better be 150% ready to take the best out of that car. If the car is good then there can be no more excuses and complaints Alonso!

  • harry harris

    go my hero…….. this is your best title shot. You have a good team mate and the best technical team around. I’ll be always by your side…….. Forza Alonso Forza Ferrari Forza Massa…..

  • Erich Lacher

    “Ferrari must give Alonso good enough car.”

    And Alonso should drive better.

    He should brake later, accelerate and drive corners faster.

    Also the car could bee better.

    That’s the philosophy of racing.