Flavio Briatore has hit back at claims Fernando Alonso's relationship with Ferrari was in ruins when he left the fabled team.
The Spaniard left the Maranello squad after four years to return to McLaren for its new era with Honda.
Briatore, who has guided Alonso's management throughout his career and was running Renault when he won his two titles, hit back at suggestions the driver had to leave Ferrari because his relationship had soured.
"Regarding the last five years, I'll tell you this: a lot of nonsense has been said," the Italian told F1 insider Leo Turrini's Quotidiano blog.
"He (Alonso) felt good in Italy and had a good relationship with the Scuderia and the people who worked there.
"Yes, in the end there was some misunderstanding with the management, but nothing serious or unrecoverable.
"Just things that happen when results do not come."