This morning, during an interview with Australian motoring journalist Peter Robinson, who was in Maranello to test drive the LaFerrari, President Luca di Montezemolo dealt with questions relating to the current situation within the Scuderia. Specifically, he spoke about rumours concerning Alonso.
“Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200% in the races,” he said.
“He knows how much I count on him, even away from the race track, in terms of his contribution and the impetus he gives to the team. I think it’s incredible that there are still some so-called experts who don’t understand that and are always looking for a polemical situation that simply doesn’t exist”.
“The truth is that he and Kimi, another incredible driver, need a competitive Ferrari and giving them that is our sole objective,” continued Montezemolo.
“We are working very hard, starting with Marco Mattiacci, who knows what needs to be done and who will instigate many changes at a technical and organizational level and in speeding up the decision-making process. That’s what I want, as do our drivers and our fans, while all the rest is just idle chat”.
Robinson, in Maranello for his final professional assignment, was presented with a front wing flap from Fernando Alonso’s 2012 car by Luca di Montezemolo.
Meanwhile it was fourth and sixth for Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in their first free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers, along with all the other F1 drivers, had to deal with particularly low grip levels.
This was down to a combination of factors, including the low track temperature which never exceeded the 25° mark and that there has been some recent resurfacing work on the road circuit.
Fernando covered 31 laps in Monte Carlo, the fastest in 1.18.930, improving continuously throughout the session. It was a similar result for Kimi, who completed the same number of laps, with a best of 1.19.467. Quickest was Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes wth a 1.18.271, a few thousandths faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg, and just over two tenths better than Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.