Fernando Alonso has insisted that his relationship with Ferrari is ‘perfect’, despite the partnership failing to yield a title for the fourth successive season.
Alonso’s relationship with Ferrari was questioned mid-season amid rumours that the Spaniard met with representatives from Red Bull during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo subsequently publicly rebuked his driver.
“It is fantastic,” Alonso said ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “Every weekend I repeat the same thing. So I guess in Austin on Thursday the first question will be how is my relationship with the team…”
“It was perfect, it is perfect and it will be perfect.”
Alonso added that Ferrari had simply failed to match Red Bull across the course of the 2013 season.
“We have to be realistic and accept we did not have a good enough chance to fight for the title,” he admitted.
“It was a bit of a closer contest at the beginning of the year, but after that, it was not close enough. Of course, finishing second in both championships was not our target this year, but to do so would still be something good for the team.”
“So, we will stay focused and do our best for the next three races, but by now we have half a mind on 2014. We are competitive people at Ferrari, so we can’t wait to start all over again.”