Ferrari boss, Luca di Montezemolo has demanded that the team make every effort to improve for the final three races of the 2012 season.
He told ESPN F1:
Drivers and team have never been more united to give 120%, we're more united than ever, and the team is working on further improvements with the last three races in sight. We're ready to give it 120%, just like Alonso. We'll fight for the championship to the last kilometre. I'm very confident.
It’s the kind of stuff we’ve been hearing from him and the team since May, when Stefano Domenicali was demanding an improvement to the car’s downforce.
It seems that improvement is always just around the corner for Ferrari.
The use of the word "united" by di Montezemolo is very interesting, particularly in light of the post-qualifying tensions that were apparently evident in India, if reports in the Italian newspaper La Stampa are to be believed.
YallaF1.com outlines the La Stampa report that Alonso came close to losing his temper with the team after qualifying. Apparently, the fiery Spaniard took exception when Ferrari technical director Pat Fry seemed to blame the drivers for a disappointing qualifying performance.
The report has Alonso about to send out a Tweet criticising the lack of aerodynamic improvement to come out of the factory since May, before Stefano Domenicali talked him out of it.
While Alonso and the team have all denied the report, di Montezemolo gave it credibility by stating to YallaF1.com:
He is the best driver in the world, of that there can be no doubt. If he says certain things, it is only to keep everyone under pressure.
It sounds like there may have been some words after all.
And, frankly, who could blame Alonso for getting frustrated? He has been the standout performer of the year, and the fact that he is running as close as he is, given the fact he’s saddled with an uncompetitive car, is something of a miracle.
For his part, Alonso is using fighting words—quite literally. He tweeted:
Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) October 28, 2012
It sounds like he’s taking fighting advice from Monty Python’s Black Knight.
Sebastian Vettel had better watch his kneecaps.