Updated: 03/07/2012 16:33 | By pa.press.net

Di Montezemolo praise for Alonso



Fernando Alonso secured the 19th win of his Formula One career in Valencia

Fernando Alonso secured the 19th win of his Formula One career in Valencia

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has hailed Fernando Alonso as "extraordinary" following his emotional European Grand Prix victory.

Alonso was reduced to tears after securing his 19th Formula One win - a triumph he suggested was the best of his career after starting from 11th.

"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 was all the more poignant given he dedicated it to the people of Spain gripped by a savage economic crisis.

In that respect, Di Montezemolo offered up his own dedication, to those in Emilia Romagna where two earthquakes struck nine days apart at the end of last month, killing 26.

Di Montezemolo added: "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.

"Let's hope this victory will at least have put a smile on their faces."

Alonso leads the title race by 20 points after rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel failed to finish.

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