Alonso: I remain confident in this team and there is no controversy
25 October, 2013
Fernando Alonso has played down ongoing reports and speculation that he is looking for the exit at Ferrari.
The Spaniard was this year publicly rebuked by Luca di Montezemolo, and privately by Stefano Domenicali, after making critical remarks about the fabled team.
Strong reports said that Alonso looked to leave Ferrari – who have failed to deliver him a car capable of winning the World Championship in four seasons, for Red Bull or McLaren.
However, he is quoted by Spain’s Marca newspaper as insisting that his situation at Ferrari “has not changed at all”.
“I would obviously like to win the Championship, and be closer in years like this, but we are second – something that half the grid cannot even dream of.
“Lately there is a trend or a movement to say something is bad or to create controversy, but to say everything is the same does not sell as much,” Alonso said in India.
“I remain confident in this team,” he insisted. “I have no doubt about their work and their determination to [build] a very good car for 2014.”
Alonso also seemed to play down the likelihood of a shock switch to McLaren, saying that Ferrari is one of the best-placed teams to take on dominant Red Bull outfit.
“We have to congratulate Red Bull for what they have done,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. “Some teams like McLaren and others cannot even reach the podium.”
But as for his title rival Sebastian Vettel, who is on the cusp of a fourth consecutive Drivers’ title, Alonso said he is not in a position to judge the German’s greatness.
“I cannot [judge], because I have not been close enough to him,” said Alonso to a round of laughter from reporters. (GMM)
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