Alonso gave up, argues Ecclestone
3 December 2013 – Bernie Ecclestone reckons Fernando Alonso "gave up a little bit" as the 2013 Formula 1 season developed, amid reports that the Ferrari driver was looking to join another team.
Having been dressed down by brand President Luca di Montezemolo after making negative comments about the team's performance level at the halfway mark of the season, Alonso was heavily linked to rival outfits McLaren and Red Bull.
And with the Spaniard ending the season 155 points in arrears of World Champion Sebastian Vettel, dropping the equivalent of more than five race victories over the final nine events, Ecclestone feels that his efforts dwindled.
"I've been a little disappointed in Fernando, because I'm a big supporter of him and Ferrari," wrote Ecclestone in a foreword to the official 2013 Formula 1 season review.
"I thought he gave up a little bit, which is proof he was looking for another team."
He added: "I don't know whether the team is not competitive because of him or because the people running the team aren't getting the job done.
"He certainly deserves a car that's capable of winning races. Whether that Ferrari is or not, I don't know."
Alonso has finished runner-up to Sebastian Vettel during three of his four seasons with Ferrari.