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Post by TopContender on Tue Jul 30 2013, 06:38

Well Fernando has finally had enough. I'm surprised he lasted this long. one can only bit their tongue for so long.




Problems at Ferrari?
29/07/2013

All is not well at Ferrari as Luca di Montezemolo takes issue with negative comments made by Fernando Alonso.

While most are of the opinion that the talk of Fernando Alonso being on Red Bull's wish list is a smokescreen, speculation linking the Spaniard with the Milton Keynes outfit received a boost when Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo rebuked the driver for appearing to publicly criticise his team.

Talking to the Italian media, asked what he wanted for his birthday – he is 32 today – the Spaniard replied: "a faster car, like the others have". Subsequently, when asked what he will be doing over the summer break, the Spaniard quipped "I will be praying".

This clearly did not go down well with Montezemolo.

"All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own," Montezemolo is quoted as saying by the team website, the Italian having called his driver to wish him a happy birthday.

"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.”

At the same time, on the back of a race which saw Ferrari lose further ground to Red Bull, and even Mercedes, Montezemolo also laid into his technical team, allegedly giving each member a knife along with an invitation to "put it between their teeth when thinking how to tackle the second half of the season".

This came hours after the Scuderia had confirmed James Allison's appointment as technical director.

While the technical staff are sure to have been left fearing for their jobs, Montezemolo's position is also under spotlight, the (hysterical) Italian media rapidly losing patience with a team that shows no signs of moving forward and, indeed, shows signs of slipping back into the abyss it populated for much of the 80s and 90s.

Famously, in 1991, Ferrari fired Alain Prost after he criticised the team, publicly describing his car as a truck. Having won five Grands Prix in 1990, taking the title fight down to the wire with Ayrton Senna, the Frenchman failed to score a single win the following year.

After his sacking, former Ferrari winner Patrick Tambay said the move was one of the craziest in the team's history, stating that if Prost couldn't win the title in a Ferrari nobody could.
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Post by Henrik on Tue Jul 30 2013, 16:33

I guess Ferrari will always be Ferrari. The live of the passion some people have for the name. It's not like Alonso has not been giving it his all on the track to try and win with the car.

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Post by eso on Wed Jul 31 2013, 03:07

Henrik wrote:I guess Ferrari will always be Ferrari. The live of the passion some people have for the name. It's not like Alonso has not been giving it his all on the track to try and win with the car.

I don't know Henrik. I'm no Alonso fan, and since his backstabbing at Mclaren I've had little good to say about him.

But, for the last 2 seasons he's been putting those Ferarris further up the grid and collecting far more points than the cars could reasonably deserve and I can only put that down to his drive. If he had a decent car I think we'd be seeing quite a bit less of Vettel.

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Post by da silva on Wed Jul 31 2013, 05:46

I'm a Hamilton fan and I'd argue that Nando is the most complete driver out there right now, he has every right to say something after this long.
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Post by eso on Wed Jul 31 2013, 05:55

da silva wrote:I'm a Hamilton fan and I'd argue that Nando is the most complete driver out there right now, he has every right to say something after this long.

I don't know if I'd go that far DS, although admittedly Kimi could use a little more fire in Qualifying...

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Post by Henrik on Wed Jul 31 2013, 09:07

Kimi knows what he's doing...

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Post by da silva on Wed Jul 31 2013, 15:32

Kimi's been super consistent and suprised me on his return, my only issue is how to rate him compared to Gross-john.
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Post by eso on Wed Jul 31 2013, 16:14

Wind-up...
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Post by Gelert on Wed Jul 31 2013, 21:06

Jeez - I agree with all of the above. Shocked 

Suddenly I feel all warm and fuzzy inside....

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Post by TopContender on Thu Aug 01 2013, 00:13

It is odd, we all don't like Alonso, see him for his backstabbing antics, but agree with his frustration.

Crap this is like Lorenzo
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Post by Henrik on Thu Aug 01 2013, 10:47

TopContender wrote:It is odd, we all don't like Alonso, see him for his backstabbing antics, but agree with his frustration.

Crap this is like Lorenzo

What frustrations does Lorenzo have? But I do basically agree with you. I don't like either Alonso or Lorenzo for whatever reason, but I am in awe of their talent.

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Post by PLAYLIFE on Sat Aug 03 2013, 18:04

I like Jorge and don't mind Fernando, although he does seem quite prickly.

I think the story is a media beat-up. Alonso is fully justified in any derogatory comments about the car, and it's no surprise LdM has said something in return. It'd be more weird if neither of those things happened.

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