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Fernando Alonso expressed surprise over the departure of Ferrari's former technical director, Stefano Domenicali, who resigned earlier in the week. It wasn't the only thing he expressed. In a video interview with BBC Sport, he didn't look especially happy about it.
The two-time world champion was close to Domenicali and made a point of praising him when he spoke to The Guardian:
Stefano is a great man. We ski together on the first of January in the mountains in Italy, and we still have a close relationship.
We've been talking all week long, which will continue because we've known each other for many years. As a team principal he made good choices, did good things.
Unfortunately we missed opportunities in 2010 and 2012, and another in 2008 with Felipe; otherwise he could have had three championships in his pocket.
But he brought in Pat Fry, James Allison and Raikkonen, and all the things people asked of him he gave to them. But results in sport are important, and the pressure at Ferrari is big, so he has made his decision, which we respect.
Regarding Domenicali's replacement, Marco Mattiacci, Alonso said he should be given time to settle in. But sounded an early note of caution, saying to BBC Sport of his new boss' lack of experience, "It's too early to say if it'll be a very good thing or very bad."
Alonso added he was yet to even speak to Mattiacci. This was surely remedied when the Italian arrived at the circuit before free practice one.
But their relationship may be a short one.
Having been provided with a disappointing car yet again, Alonso is likely to be losing patience with Ferrari and may seek pastures new in 2015. Speaking to gpupdate.net, 1978 world champion Mario Andretti added his voice to the debate, saying he wouldn't be surprised if Alonso left at the end of the year.
The loss of a close friend within the team will only push the Spaniard closer to the door.