Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monza, 2013

Alonso defends ‘perfect’ tactics after radio complaints

2013 Italian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monza, 2013Fernando Alonso denied Ferrari’s tactics to have team mate Felipe Massa give him a slipstream during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix had failed despite criticising his team during the session.

Alonso complained twice during Q3 as he struggled to stay within range of Massa. During his last run Alonso said “Felipe’s too far” as he ran behind his team mate. However after qualifying Alonso said the team’s tactics had been “perfect”.

“We planned to have a him a little bit in the front and he was helping me on the straight. In the end Ricciardo was in the middle of us but then Ricciardo let me by, Felipe wait me a little bit for the last corner so it was perfect. This extra tenth or something was thanks to him.”

Alonso qualified fifth, one hundredth of a second behind Massa. Ferrari president Luca di Montemolo was in the team’s garage to watch their qualifying performance at their home race.

Technical director Pat Fry also claimed the tactics had worked: “In reality, in terms of those positions, we picked up a tow so that part of it worked,” he said.

“Now we’ve got to keep on, we obviously have to build a quicker car still, don’t we?”

“Asked why Alonso had complained Massa was too far ahead Fry said: “No, I think it was the right gap to be honest. Three seconds back is good position to be in.”

Shortly after qualifying Alonso took to Twitter to reiterate his satisfaction with the result: “A good [qualifying] finally after the last Saturdays so so… Tomorrow we must try to be close to Red Bull in first part of the race!”

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  1. Kimi and Nico in, Alonso and Massa out.

  2. Fernando was obviously not pleased with the qualifying run, and the language he used afterwards to the media totally sounds like he’s hiding something. (Really? “Perfect?”) But, everyone gets irritated when things don’t work out, and everyone says things when they’re angry that they wouldn’t say otherwise. Especially over the team radio. I’m glad we get to listen to team radio during the race weekends, but it’s definitely not a fair judge of someone to judge them off of a comment made over the team radio.

  3. ahem….I have a funny feeling that Massa is going to want to have his gearbox changed…..for no reason in particular…you know….just to be safe……really safe……..

  4. Alonso is broken. Mentally and emotionally he is gone from Ferrari. Eddie Jordan said he may be looking for a sabbatical. I think there is a real possibility that he won’t be in F1 next year or maybe ever again. Maybe more interested in cycling after purchasing the Euskaltel Euskadi cycling team.

  5. This is just “Calm Checo down” all over again.

  6. It’s obviously frustrating for him to be out qualified by Massa in Italy again, and for some I was surprised with his criticism, despite knowing what he’s capable of after 2007.
    In 2010, I and many others thought Alonso and Ferrari were a match made in heaven. Well this season the realisation that this partnership hasn’t and isn’t looking like getting the desired rewards is showing a few cracks. Maybe there’s more to it – like Eddie Jordan (I think) said, Ferrari might be wanting to replace Massa and Alonso doesn’t want it.
    Mind this could be being blown completely out of proportion and if Alonso gets a good result tomorrow then this all could be forgotten quickly. It’s all quite interesting though.

  7. Too bad some of the english press are not interested in reporting the facts and not the fantasies, the radio message was on Q2, not Q3 (Kravitz info), and Alonso said genius not stupid (Carlos Miquel info, Ferrari meeting with the Italian/Spanish press to listen a clean audio version of Alonso’s radio message).)

    1. @zoomracing

      Alonso said genius not stupid

      I didn’t say he said either. In the second paragraph I linked to a separate page discussing the exact wording of the message.

      But either way Alonso’s message was critical which is how I characterised it.

  8. Drivers don’t go to Ferrari and succeed year after year. Schumacher’s is really the only guy in the last three decades to do so.

    For decades Ferrari has had a toxic, political team culture. The Schumacher years were an anomaly. As good as Schumacher was on the track, he was the glue that held it together off the track.

    I’ll always remember in 2006 Schumacher entering the pit garage, after going out of the Japanese Grand Prix with a blown engine while in the lead, consoling and thanking his mechanics with grace. That blown engine had just cost him what looked like an 8th world championship.

    Compare that to Alonso this year and last year.

    1. Alonso thanked his team and consoled them last year at the final grand prix. His cars have not been as good as Schumacher’s when he was at Ferrari, so you can’t compare the two.

      1. Schumacher only ever had the best car in 2001, 2002, and 2004.

        If Schumacher didn’t sacrifice his best years rebuilding Ferrari he’d likely be a 10-time champion.

  9. Why does Alonso call Riccardio as Richhardo

    1. @noob Ricciardo is an Italian name and Alonso is using the Italian pronunciation. However Ricciardo himself is Australian and doesn’t pronounce his name that way.

  10. My understanding was that to get a effective tow from the car in the front the car that follows must be very close behind – a couple of meter close. Otherwise, as in a case during the race, the car that follows get the “dirty” turbulent air that can destabilize the car compared to the car at front that runs in a “clean” air. If the tow works at a close distance how can the car that follows get a better time that the one at the front unless it overtakes it?
    I think the risks of not getting everything right with this trick are too great to be worth trying.

  11. Alonso was referring to the team releasing Massa next year IMO. Massa tried to help Alonso as he always does and Fernando was asking “So you have to let him go, really, you are stupid! Mamma mia guys” I think he knew then that Kimi would be joining in 2014 and was expressing his disappointment.

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