International reporters have scolded Fernando Alonso for his palpable bad mood during media activities at Ferrari’s pre-season event in the Italian Dolomites.
Britain’s Daily Mail described the Spaniard as being “decidedly tetchy” as he fielded journalists’ questions during a press conference at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport agreed that in 30-year-old Alonso’s “first appointment in the new year, he was unusually uncommunicative”.
“Alonso is normally very clear and precise with his information,” said the magazine.
Italy’s Autosprint described: “The impression was that Fernando had slept badly.”
La Stampa added: “Alonso’s tone and expression throughout was downbeat, his answers were terse including many ‘I don’t knows’.”
El Pais correspondent Oriol Puigdemont explained: “Alonso’s appearance ended earlier than anticipated when the questions ran out, while Stefano Domenicali a day earlier left some questions answered due to a lack of time.”
Puigdemont, for instance, asked Alonso how it felt to hear Domenicali’s words of praise earlier this week.
“I talk to my boss every day,” Alonso fired back. “I do not need to come here to know what he thinks of me.”
French commentator Jean-Louis Moncet, in Auto Plus, wrote: “Who knows why he was in a dog’s mood, sometimes answering in monosyllables, evading questions.
“I am told he was angry with Spanish journalists, especially those who wrote about his divorce and websites that had written about seeing the 2012 car and saying it was not good.”