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F1: Ferrari boss scolds Alonso for grumbling about car

Montezemolo 'tweaked ear' of Spanish driver

F1: Ferrari boss scolds Alonso for grumbling about car

Rome, July 29 - Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo on Monday scolded Fernando Alonso for grumbling about his car after finishing a disappointing fifth at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The result meant the Spanish driver dropped to third in the Formula One drivers' standings, 39 points behind leader and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettal. After the race Alonso complained about the performance of his Ferrari and said that he wanted "the car of the other drivers" for his 32nd birthday on Monday. The mood at Ferrari will not have been helped by media reports linking two-time world champion Alonso to a move to Vettal's Red Bull team next season. A Ferrari statement said Alonso's comments "did not go down well with Montezemolo, nor with anyone in the team". It added that Montezemolo "tweaked" Alonso's ear when he called on Monday to wish him happy birthday and reminded him 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".

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