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Fernando Alonso’s hopes of challenging championship leader Sebastian Vettel at the Italian Grand Prix suffered a blow after the Red Bull driver claimed pole position while the Spaniard qualified fifth behind his teammate.
Ferrari had been practicing a tow during final practice earlier in the day, a tactic which would have allowed Alonso to trail Felipe Massa to slingshot and gain more pace at the high-speed Monza circuit.
But Massa proved to be too quick and eventually qualified fourth, leaving Alonso fuming as the Brazilian did not provide the slipstream that the Spaniard had expected.
"Felipe is too far," Alonso said over the radio when he noticed Massa pulling away.
After the session ended, the double world champion slammed his team in Italian over the radio.
“So you have to let him go, really! You are stupid! Mamma mia guys!” he said.
Alonso, however, masked his fury after he got out of the car, telling reporters that he had no issues.
"We planned to have (Massa) a little bit in front and he was helping me out on the straights,” he said. "An extra tenth or something was thanks to him."