|© Fernando Alonso (Twitter)
Fernando Alonso’s dinner with Mark Webber ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend created a storm but the drivers dismissed any suggestions of a conspiracy cooking.
On Tuesday, Alonso posted a picture on his Twitter page with the caption “Dinner with friends in Dubai”, which was later retweeted by Webber. The Ferrari driver, however, deleted the picture later.
"I can give you lots of photos of me and Jenson (Button) together," the Australian was quoted saying by Reuters upset with the suggestion that the picture was posted to provoke Red Bull after the team orders controversy in Malaysia and nightmarish weekend in China.
"You know the drivers can go out and socialize! There is no need for all that paranoia," he said adding that he had known Alonso for 13 years now.
"If that's the biggest subject, you guys (the media) are in trouble to be honest. If that's your biggest subject, about a dinner, then you have to work harder. Let me tell you," he told reporters in Bahrain.
Meanwhile, Alonso said he would feel "nothing" when asked how he would feel if his teammate Felipe Massa would have had dinner with Sebastian Vettel.
"In Spain we say 'The thief thinks everyone is a thief'. If I see a photo of someone having dinner I think he's having dinner,” he said.
The Spaniard clarified that he spoke to Webber largely about bicycles than Formula 1 and the Australian’s other personal projects during the meal.
“But when I put it on Twitter, all the replies were about Vettel and stuff like that. Those are conspiracy theorists," said the double world champion.
Both Alonso and Webber are managed by former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore.
"There doesn’t need to be a special reason to have dinner together, as it is quite normal that friends have dinner together," the double world champion was quoted saying by the official F1 website.
Vettel, meanwhile, laughed off the controversy created behind the picture.
"Were they naked?" he asked jokingly.
"We all have to have dinner at some point," the German said. "And it's quite boring to have it all on your own."