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We must close ranks, say Ferrari 30 Jul 2013

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari President and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 8 September 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013

Ferrari have said that they must ‘close ranks’ and pull together if they are to maintain a championship challenge in the second half of the season.

The Scuderia’s leading driver, Fernando Alonso, has lost ground in the drivers' championship to Red Bull’s reigning world champion, Sebastian Vettel, over the last few races, and the Spaniard has struggled at times to hide his frustration.

In a statement posted on their official website, Ferrari say that some of Alonso's recent comments have not gone down well in the team.

“There is a need to close ranks, without giving in to rash outbursts that, while understandable in the immediate aftermath of a bad result, are no use to anyone,” the statement said.

Ferrari’s president, Luca di Montezemolo, telephoned Alonso on Monday to wish him a happy 32nd birthday, but also to offer some advice.

“All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own,” Montezemolo said. “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.”

Montezemolo has called for Ferrari to up the tempo, starting at the next race in Belgium, in order for the team to contend for victory again. Alonso currently sits in third place in the drivers’ standings with 133 points to Vettel’s 172 and Kimi Raikkonen’s 134. However, with nine races and 225 points still on offer, Ferrari believe that the title is very much a possibility, provided they maintain their composure.

“This is definitely not the time to start arguing over who was responsible for this or that decision, partly because everything is still possible with nine Grands Prix to go,” the team said on their official website.

“The points are available and so is the potential to score enough of them to win.”

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