Alonso: We just drive the cars
Budapest - Fernando Alonso shrugged off criticism of his Ferrari team tactics and made clear it was business as usual at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Thursday.
With conversation at the Hungaroring still dominated by the 'team orders' controversy that erupted at Hockenheim after Ferrari were fined $100 000 for telling Felipe Massa to let Alonso through to win, the Spaniard refused to be drawn into further debate on his 29th birthday.
"I've nothing really to say about any team, any polemic, any opinion from anyone," he said in English when asked whether, if he won the F1 title, he would have won it fairly.
"There are many opinions, many things have been said in the last couple of days.
"The only important thing for us is that the car is competitive and we can do well here in Hungary.
"If other people have opinions we respect them, but we are concentrating on our job," added the double world champion after answering questions from Italian reporters before a session with the Spanish media.
Alonso was given a rough ride after last Sunday's race, mainly by the British media and to the anger of many of his supporters in Spain, but Thursday's line of questioning was less heated if still direct.
He avoided a question on whether he had ever been involved in team orders during his ill-fated year with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007 and said Ferrari did not have a number one or a number two driver.
"What happened is in the past, and we have nothing to say any more. We said everything in Germany, our president as well," he declared.
Asked by a radio reporter about the fans' reaction, Alonso suggested that the reported outrage was far from universal.
"I arrived today in Hungary and the airport was full, the hotel was full of people cheering for us, and that's what I've seen so far," he said. "For the moment I have only seen those ones."
"I'm still the same and I will fight, as always, for the best things possible, my team, for the sport, and hopefully I will always do well in my career," said Alonso of his attitude.
"As drivers we are not able to decide anything. We will let the people who know better than us decide what is best for our sport. I'm sure they will decide whatever they think is the best. We just drive the cars."
archie - 2010-07-30 08:37
Just get on with the racing, this is a team sport.It has been going on for years. Ferrari could just have done it a bit more discreetly. Ferrari aren't going to lose sleep over comments from the peanut gallery.
Wazza - 2010-07-30 09:02
@ Archie, I agree. Come on Alonso show dem! Once again I don't care who wins, so long as its a Ferrari.
Mark - 2010-07-30 09:14
He doesnt only drive the car! He also makes a pretty big noise jumping up and down like a spoilt child. Comments such as "This is ridiculous!!!" "Lewis purposefully got me stuck behind the safety car!!!". What a big girl!
Gareth.. - 2010-07-30 10:07
Maybe the peanut gallery, wants the playing fields played fairly.Alonso always and will forever have some snotty thing to say.Spoilt brat.Show them Lewis and button.
Iceman - 2010-07-30 11:01
Archie for FIA President......As a racer there is no I in T.E.A.M Happy birthday Fernando.....
Trufan - 2010-07-30 13:14
Pity Alonso doesn't realize that we could hear him whinging when he wanted to pass Massa.@ icaman there is a M.E. in team.
King Nano! - 2010-07-30 14:03
@Gareth.. LOL.. "playing fields played fairly" I quote, "Lewis, Jenson has been instructed NOT to overtake you" McLaren supporters with selective memories ;-) well said Archie. @Trufan, all drivers know when they hit the microphone everyone hears.