Ferrari have always been about Ferrari. I think we’ve become accustomed to that level of thinking over the decades. Whatever is or isn’t happening at Ferrari these days, it does strike one as odd that they would have a talent such as Fernando Alonso and let the relationship wither on the vine during lean years.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo can be as apoplectic as he wants because he has every reason to be unhappy with the current form of his Formula 1 team but failing to do the little things that keep his star driver tethered to the team physically and emotionally seems like a rookie mistake or perhaps a trenchant approach to the aforementioned “Ferrari first” mode of thinking.
Arguably—and not very much so—Alonso is the best driver on the grid. Mercedes know this and have said as much with team boss Toto Wolff and Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche saying:
“Alonso is probably the best driver on the Formula 1 grid. Fernando has always proven it – and in uncompetitive cars.”