Alonso downplays apparent critical radio message

By on Saturday, September 7, 2013
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has downplayed suggestions that he criticised his Ferrari team during the closing stages of Q3.

Reports suggested that Alonso had called his team 'stupid' for their botched plan to have one car follow the other.

"The radio messages have been misunderstood, as is often the case when you don’t experience something first hand: the word ‘genius’ refers to the fact that we could have got out before Rosberg had gone by on his quick lap, but this should not raise any doubts about the impeccable job from the whole team," Alonso said after qualifying in fifth place for Ferrari's home race.

"Today, we were able to run competitively in all three sessions and get closer than ever before to the rear wings of the Red Bulls: for the first time, there are not so many cars between them and us, apart from Hulkenberg who was very strong in Q3. We will have to try and pass him on the first lap so they [Red Bull] don’t get away from us”.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who was present at the circuit on Saturday, insists his team can challenge for victory.

"Certainly we were hoping for a better result today, given the results of the morning session and then the first two parts of qualifying, but we are very close to the Red Bulls and I’m sure that with a good start, we can put them under pressure," he said.

"The race is tough here and our long run pace is very good."


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