[QODLink]
Formula One

Alonso downplays angry remarks

After losing his temper during qualifying, Ferrari racer Fernando Alonso says things have been blown out of proportion.

Last Modified: 07 Sep 2013 16:50
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Alonso, who shouted at team during qualifying, will start behind Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa on Sunday [AP]

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari were again forced to downplay talk of a rift after the Spanish driver lost his temper with team officials during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Alonso was heard calling his team 'idiots' over the radio during his final qualifying lap on Saturday but he insisted afterward he simply sarcastically called them 'geniuses,' using the Italian term 'genii' and not - as it sounded - 'scemi.'

The 32-year-old Alonso was angry that he was unable to benefit from Felipe Massa's slipstream as his teammate was too far ahead, with Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso between the two Ferraris.

Ricciardo let Alonso through and Massa did allow his teammate to catch up so he could benefit from his slipstream on the final lap. Alonso will start fifth on the grid on Sunday, just behind Massa.

"I said thank you to the team, thank you to Felipe, for slowing down," Alonso said.

"They didn't put the last radio message when I said thank you to Felipe, to the team, they put the radio message in front.

"But it's OK, it's been 13 years I've been in Formula One, this is Saturday, and every Saturday there's always explanation, why, when, how, championship... It's OK."

Alonso, who trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 46 points in the standings, has endured a difficult season.

However, he reaffirmed his commitment to Ferrari on Thursday, denying reports he is considering taking a year off.

232

Source:
AP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.