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Alonso: No change under Mattiacci

Fernando Alonso is struggling with Ferrari's version of 'spot the difference' after the swapping of Stefano Domenicali for Marco Mattiacci.

Domenicali was axed just over a month ago and surprisingly replaced by Marco Mattiacci, previously president and CEO of Ferrari's North American car operation, and lacking any Formula One experience.

To date, Mattiacci has given just one media conference, whilst at the last race in Spain attended a press briefing with president Luca Di Montezemolo, but barely uttered a word.

It is understood Mattiacci is still taking stock before delivering his verdict and then implementing whatever changes may be required.

For now, though, Alonso has failed to notice any difference following Mattiacci's arrival.

"Not much to be honest, and I don't think it's going to happen soon," said the two-times world champion when asked about any differences in leadership with Mattiacci.

"He's still learning about the team situation, about the Formula One environment and Formula One weekends.

"At the factory there are a lot of things to learn, where you need to gain experience before making any decisions at the moment he will not take.

"For the drivers, engineers or mechanics trackside, we attend races, we have the same meetings at the same times, we still have the same free practice at the same time, and we don't see any big difference.

"When I go to Maranello to work, to have some meetings, to prepare, to run in the simulator, in all these areas there is still no change this last month.

"As I said, it was probably not expected to have any change in the first month because he does not have the experience yet."

Alonso, though, would like to see a change in results, with the belief amongst some that Ferrari and Red Bull can at least offer the so-far dominant Mercedes a run for their money around Monaco.

So far Mercedes have clinched all five pole positions, won all five races, finishing one-two in the last four.

It is now 19 races since Ferrari last won a grand prix, with Alonso's best result this season being third in China behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, finishing 23 seconds adrift of the former.

"In Monaco there is definitely a different scenario available compared to other races, and it's a little bit more open for some other teams after the domination of Mercedes in the first few races," assessed Alonso.

"We will hopefully see some alternatives, but they are still the big favourites, no doubt.

"If you have confidence in the car you can do a bit extra here where the performance of the car is not so important.

"But still, we have never had a Caterham win in Monaco, so the car is still the main thing.

"We'll see if we have some alternatives, but definitely this is one of the few circuits that can bring some action."