Fernando Alonso has hit out at persistent questioning of the state of his relationship with the Ferrari Formula 1 team.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s public criticism of his lead driver in the summer shone an intense spotlight on intra-team politics at Maranello, during which McLaren made it clear that it would welcome Alonso should he leave the Italian squad. But when quizzed ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix about how his relationship with Ferrari had changed, Alonso made it clear that he was tired of answering such questions.
“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!” said Alonso. “It was perfect, it is perfect and it will be perfect.”
Alonso has driven for Ferrari since 2010, but has yet to win a championship with the team amid Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s domination. In both 2010 and ’12, Alonso managed to establish points leads only to be overhauled by Vettel. Although he remained in mathematical contention for this year’s crown until last weekend’s Indian GP, Alonso has admitted that his focus has had to be on hanging on to second place in the standings for some time.
“I think we need to be realistic and know we didn’t have the chance this year to fight for the championship,” he said. “At the beginning of the year we were a bit closer but then not quick enough and now we’re fighting for other targets, which is second in the constructors’ championship and in the drivers’.
“That was not the main priority when he started the season, but it’s a good target to achieve and a good thing to help the team.”