Alonso insists towing plan worked
7 September 2013 – Fernando Alonso has insisted that the towing tactics carried out by his Ferrari team during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session at Monza went according to plan.
The Spaniard had vented his frustration over the team radio on various occasions during the final shootout phase, claiming team-mate Felipe Massa, who pipped him to fourth on the grid, was in the wrong position for the slipstream effect to occur.
But Alonso later clarified the situation, describing a "perfect" end to the session.
"I said on the radio that Felipe was a bit too far if we wanted to do this, so they slowed him down a bit and we started the last attempt at the same distance as always," said Alonso. "They [FOM] didn't put the last radio message out, when I said thank you to Felipe and thank you to the team, and that it [the towing] was perfect in the end."
Alonso was also positive about his chances in the race, reiterating that Ferrari has usually enjoyed stronger Sunday performances throughout the current campaign.
"The worst part for us is the Saturdays," he said. "We always have three or four cars between us and the Red Bulls, so when we pass those cars they are 10 seconds ahead of us and we more or less keep that gap. We are very happy today because hopefully tomorrow by the first corner we won’t have all those cars in front of us."