Italian GP: Fernando Alonso denies calling his Ferrari team 'idiots'

Alonso says he thanked Massa and the team for their help later in the lap — after he had caught up to the Brazilian — but says that was not broadcast to the public.

updated: September 07, 2013 21:43 IST
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Monza: 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.

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