An angry Fernando Alonso has lashed out at ongoing media speculation suggesting that he would swap seats with Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of the 2015 season.

While Vettel moved quickly to distance himself from the latest rumours doing the rounds in the Italian press, Alonso was more direct and blasted the media on Thursday.

“It’s sad when these rumours are created in Italy,” he vented. “It’s a shame as it’s not helping Ferrari, which is the reason why we are all here. Ferrari is a much bigger brand than any one individual or even Formula 1 in general.

“I have a lot of respect for Ferrari and try and maintain a good atmosphere with the guys, in order to have a very united team. It’s what we need. So it’s not clear to me what is the purpose of these rumours coming from Italy.”

The Spaniard also took time to pay tribute to former Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo, who quit the brand after the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month after 23 years at the helm. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Ferrari owner FIAT, will absorb the title into his remit.

“He was our leader for many years and it was a great time for Ferrari,” Alonso added.

“I wish him good luck with new projects and for the new President, I wish him good luck for hopefully a very successful future.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.