Luca Cordero di Montezemolo does not strike us as the kind of person we'd want to cross. We imagine the Chairman of Ferrari as sort of like an automotive Don Corleone, a thought that is further confirmed when we hear about the aftermath of last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso made some unsubstantiated remarks that have angered his team, with The Daily Mail reporting that when asked after the race what he wanted for his birthday, the Spaniard responded "Someone else's car." And while no one seems to know exactly what was said, it was enough to prompt a personal phone call from the boss of Ferrari on Alonso's birthday for a dressing down.

Montezemolo reminded Alonso that, "All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own. This is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one's own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it."

The Italian wasn't done, though, presenting each of the team's engineers with a symbolic gift – a knife to put between their teeth. We think there's a pirate reference here, but aren't certain. According to Sky Sports, he opened the post-race meeting by informing team principal Stefano Domenicalli that, "The Ferrari I saw in yesterday's race doesn't sit well with me." We aren't the only ones imaging the threatening undertones here, right?

Formula One is entering its summer break, meaning that each team has four weeks to get itself sorted out before the end-of-season grind kicks in. There's no doubt that after this very public display from Montezemolo, that Ferrari will have its nose to the grindstone.


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      gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Until now, Alonso has been as loyal to Ferrari as could possibly be asked. But he's watching yet another championship opportunity slipping away as Lotus and Mercedes makeprogress against Redbull while Ferrari slides backwards. Not surprised he's finally starting to bristle.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gary
        Right. All Alonso is asking is at least to have a competitive car if not the dominant car. But Ferrari after Schumacher have always seemed to be 1) less consistent 2) always couple tenths off. Yes 2012 was an extremely strong season for Alonso, but he lost it all in last 5 races.
        Cayman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gary
        Bad mouthing your team and your car is not going to be acceptable ever. Especially in a joking and non-constructive manner like he did. Ferrari and every other team will always have major issues with comments like this. Of course he wants a better car, everyone does; but saying things like this doesn't help anyone.
          Andy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cayman
          Well nothing else has seems to have helped over the last three years. Ferrari needs Alonso way more than he needs them. Alonso takes off a half second per lap or so from what an average top tier driver does. He's wasted a few good years on mediocre cars at Ferrari, so I understand his frustration. Granted, Grosjean and Hamilton probably cost him the 2012 title with their moronic collision at the start.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Formula One is entering its summer break, meaning that each team has four weeks to get itself sorted out " ---------------------------------------------------------------- Actually no, it doesn't mean that. The first two weeks, the teams are NOT allowed to work on the car. Its a break for family time. Weeks three and four, testing and tweaking can resume.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        We know, we know, the entire European continent goes on a two week holiday at the beginning of August blah, blah, blah. The only time I feel bad for Greece.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dohc73
          They don't all go on vacation beginning of august. Vacation is all over summer.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        [blocked]
        VL00
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        This. Another clueless puff piece from AutoHuffBlog
      elliot_harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, shouldn't that headline be the other way around?
      rtkewley
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's no question that Montezemolo has done great things for Ferrari during his tenure. That said, he appears to be chastising Alonso for airing dirty laundry in public while doing exactly the same himself. I'm not clear how any of this benefits the Scuderia, or makes the F138 any faster...
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rtkewley
        He's the boss, Alonso is only an employee dissing out the others in public. All these prima donnas need to be put back in their place. At least Montezemolo is watching over his company and not only playing golf.
          Saigon Design
          • 2 Years Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          Ferrari effectively lost Alonso two world championships due to bad strategic calls. They were competitive early this season but blew two races dues to stupid calls. Alonso elevated the car's performance way beyond it's capability last year, and he may be doing the same this year. Let it slide, or have a "quiet word" with him rather than do this in public. It's bad for PR, bad for team morale. Monty's overreaction may have just damaged his team right when it's struggling the most.
      elliot_harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doh, never mind.
      michaelmcgrath
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just in: Probably not due to Alonso but more so to the idea of RBR scooping up Kimi, Ferrari offers Raikkonen a seat for 2014: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130731/F1/130739975
      WatchF1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that Ferrari didn't sack Alonso like they did Prost in the early 90s proves Ferrari doesn't have someone of his caliber lined up to replace him. It also means they don't trust Massa to carry the Prancing Horse forward. The fact that Luca Di complained instead of outright sacking Alonso proves he's afraid of their future without Fernando. For that, I lol. FINALLY, someone put Ferrari in their place, and I'm a Ferrari / Alonso fan. Ferrari. Your cars have not honored your legacy. Some bald guy from Milton Keynes has whipped your ass for decades, WITHOUT having the soulful engine that made you famous. It sucks.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Give the Smarmy Spaniard what for.
      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprise surprise, a mafia reference regarding an Italian public figure. Afterall, every Italian authority figure must be "connected", right? /S Where would the American media--and so many Walmart Americans in general--be without ethnic stereotypes? How then would they explain the workd outside their own?
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