Montezemolo: We will prohibit Alonso from Twitter
28 November, 2013
Fernando Alonso has been banned from communicating to his fans about Ferrari via his personal Twitter account – @alo_oficial - by order of Team President Luca di Montezemolo.
The Spaniard had his ‘ear tweaked’ by Montezemolo earlier this year, after making a series of disparaging remarks about the development of Ferrari’s 2013 car and the team itself.
“We will prohibit him from Twitter,” Montezemolo is reported to have said during his in-depth interview with Italian television Rai Uno this week.
“Although Alonso, like anyone else, can write on Twitter what he wants, everything concerning Ferrari will be communicated by Ferrari,” he declared.
Alonso explained that he has embraced Twitter, more aggressively than any of his peers, as it provides him with a direct line of communication between himself and his fans.
“Since I started using Twitter, I am the one who says what I am doing,” explained the Ferrari driver. “Before, it could be said that I was spending my holiday with elephants or that I was having dinner with Obama, but now for example, I can be the one to say that I was in Italy, skiing on New Year’s day before going to Russia and from there to Brazil to take part in the kart race organised by Felipe.
“Tweeting means I can be in direct contact with my fans, to help them discover aspects of my job that they would never get to know otherwise. Of course, I can’t say everything because in Formula 1, a lot of information has to remain confidential, but I think it is still a fun and useful tool,” added the Spaniard.
A year ago, almost to the day, Ferrari took action to clamp down on Alonso’s Twitter and Facebook activity, which prompted him to comment, “There are a lot of interesting things I could tell the fans during a race weekend, but of course there is also a press department that keeps an eye on me constantly.”
Alonso has yet to respond to the latest clampdown order from the team’s ‘capo’. (GMM)
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