Di Montezemolo voices support for Alonso
22 May 2014 – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has publicly praised Fernando Alonso's contribution to the team.
Alonso made controversial comments ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, questioning why – after praise from Mercedes chiefs Dieter Zetsche and Toto Wolff – those "close" to the Spaniard had criticised him.
The remarks are said to have come from sections of the media, as opposed to members of Ferrari.
"It's always welcome when people see your job in a good way," he said. "It's sometimes strange to see good comments from people from the outside, and the opposite from people who are supposed to be close to you."
But di Montezemolo, seemingly speaking in response to the negativity, explained: "Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200 per cent 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.
"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."
He added: "The truth is that he and Kimi [Räikkönen], another incredible driver, need a competitive Ferrari and giving them that is our sole objective.
"We are working very hard, starting with [Team Principal] Marco Mattiacci, who knows what needs to be done and who will instigate many changes at a technical and organisational 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."