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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo gave Alonso a public dressing down
Fernando Alonso landed himself in hot water with Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo when he suggested after a disappointing Hungarian Grand Prix that he would prefer another car to drive.
After the race, in which Alonso finished fifth, he was asked what he would like for his 32nd birthday present, to which the Spaniard replied “someone else’s car”, as reported by The Telegraph.
Unsurprisingly, di Montezemolo was deeply unamused by the comment and it led him to publically scolding his star driver.
"Montezemolo is doing his utmost to ensure that the team has all the support and resources it needs, starting with the announcement that James Allison, formerly with Lotus, will join the Maranello team, starting work already on 1st September.
"However, there is a need to close ranks, without giving in to rash outbursts that, while understandable in the immediate aftermath of a bad result, are no use to anyone.
"That was a reference to the latest comments from Fernando Alonso, which did not go down well with Montezemolo, nor with anyone in the team. So, when Montezemolo called the Spaniard this morning to wish him a happy birthday, he also tweaked his ear, reminding him that, “all the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own.
"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.”