Fernando Alonso was wrong to criticise Ferrari last year according to Jacques Villeneuve, who says the Spaniard was suffering from what he describes as ‘god complex’.
Alonso moved to Ferrari in 2010 with both promising great things including world championships. Although he was runner-up to Sebastian Vettel three times, the relationship began to sour.
That lead to the 33-year-old falling out with the team’s management and finally he decided to leave the team last season.
Villeneuve doesn’t believe Alonso handled the situation very well and has criticised him for his lack of respect.
“The Italians loved Alonso, but that love died very fast because he did not stand up for the team,” he told Sport Bild.
“Just because you make $30 million a year, does not mean you give up the responsibility to love your team. Where was the respect?
“I never criticised my team no matter how bad the car was,” the former Williams and Honda driver argued.
“I call it the ‘god complex’, but just when you think you’re on top of things, Vettel announced he was leaving Red Bull and the ground suddenly collapsed beneath Alonso’s feet,” he added. “He was thinking more about Twitter and being a politician than team spirit.”
The Canadian applauded Vettel’s attitude, comparing it to that of Michael Schumacher.
“Last year Sebastian did not even properly criticise Red Bull, even though he should have done.
“His attitude is reminiscent of Michael Schumacher — concentrate on driving and respect for your team. Make no problems if there are none.”