After issuing a public rebuke for their star driver, Ferrari have now told the press that there are no issues between the team and its driver. Fernando Alonso told the media that he’d like a car like the others have for a birthday present and that didn’t sit well with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. The team offered a commentary on their website in which they suggested the president called Alonso to wish him happy birthday and offer a rebuke for his outburst. But that’s no big deal according to the team as they told the press:
“Di Montezemolo is the first to support our driver’s call to improve the car’s competitiveness as quickly as possible,” said the spokesman.
“He fully understands Fernando’s frustrations after what has been the most challenging race of the year. He is his chief supporter and has full trust in him.
“His words must be viewed as a positive injection. They were a boost in motivation to inspire the team and to be united toward our common objective.”
Ferrari are desperate to get on top of the performance woes of this year’s F138 and they should be. Many considered this year’s car decent out of the box but as it turns out, it is not as competitive as last year’s car if you consider the points earned so far this season. In the end, Ferrari are not winning the development war and to those ends they have started a test this week in France with a 2011 car and Pirelli’s Demonstration tire with FIA approval.
Ferrari brought a new diffuser to the Hungarian Grand Prix but chose not to use it in the race. Alonso has had a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in recent races and that is going the wrong way.