Ferrari president applauds Alonso

Date published: June 25 2012

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has hailed Fernando Alonso as “extraordinary” following his victory in the European Grand Prix…

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has hailed Fernando Alonso as “extraordinary” following his victory in the European Grand Prix.

The Spaniard raced from 11th on the grid to take the chequered flag, becoming the first double winner of this season.

In doing so he also regained the lead in the Drivers’ Championship with a 20-point margin over Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

“This is Ferrari at its very best, the one everyone wants to see,” said di Montezemolo.

“Fernando was extraordinary, and it’s hard to find the words to describe his race which has shown the spirit of a team that never gives up.”

Alonso’s victory came a month after the Italian region of Emilia Romagna suffered two earthquakes which killed 26.

“The win also reflects the spirit of our homeland in Emilia Romagna where so many people are going through a particularly difficult time after the earthquake a few weeks back,” the Ferrari President added.

“Let’s hope this victory will at least have put a smile on their faces.”