STILL FERRARI’S NO.1: Ferrari hopes to alleviate any grumblings Fernando Alonso might have by reassuring its No.1 driver that he has the team’s full support. Image: AP/Luca Bruno
MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Ferrari was at the centre of two bizarre stories on Thursday (May 22) ahead of the 2014 Monaco Formula 1 GP practice sessions.
The first involved Red Bull team's technical Adrian Newey, who distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move to Ferrari.
In response, Newey said: "I remain committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future."
Newey, designer of the car that carried defending four-times Drivers' Champion Sebastian Vettel to four successive titles, was non-committal on his future recently when asked about the prospect of a switch to Ferrari.
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His statement appeared to make it clear that he would remain with the champion team.
In the second, less unexpected, statement Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo chose to become involved in a curious debate about the merits of his team's lead driver Fernando Alonso.
Montezemolo said: "Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200% in the races. 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."
Montezemolo spoke after a spate of reports suggested that Alonso felt he was not appreciated enough by Ferrari after being praised for his efforts from Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche, who had hailed him as perhaps the sport's top driver.
Montezemolo said: "I think it's incredible that there are still some so-called experts who don't understand that (his appreciation of Alonso's value) and are always looking for a polemical situation that simply doesn't exist."
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