Ferrari: We have to make a step forward
24 September 2012 – Ferrari acknowledges that it must improve its car to ensure that Fernando Alonso does not lose the world title over the six remaining races of 2012. After Singapore, the Spaniard still leads but by the reduced margin of 29 points over Sebastian Vettel.
So far this year, Alonso’s steadiness has been coupled with the inconsistency of his rivals, with no better example being the fact that Lewis Hamilton and said Vettel have each experienced a race victory and retirement at the two most recent events. However, with McLaren having sealed pole position for the last four races and Red Bull also back to winning ways, Ferrari is well aware that the championship is by no means won yet.
“It was a very difficult weekend, but the final outcome can be regarded as positive,” Team Principal Stefano Domenicali said in Singapore. “It’s true that Fernando’s lead over the next man has been reduced, but it’s also true that he has made up points on three of his four closest rivals. As for the constructors’, the situation is pretty much the same as before: the leader is a bit further away but second place is a tiny bit nearer.
“There are six Grands Prix to go to the end of the season and, clearly, we need to make a step forward in terms of performance because we cannot rely purely on the misfortune of others. Where we need to improve a lot is on circuits that require maximum aerodynamic downforce. Having said that, we mustn’t over react as it’s better to bring a few updates that work rather than bringing too many. This is the area where we need to improve and it will be one of our priorities in the coming days. The other, which is as always the number one priority, will be reliability: the further on the championship goes, the higher the price you pay for the slightest error.”
Other than the Belgian Grand Prix, when he was taken out by Romain Grosjean at the first corner, Alonso has finished in the points at ever event so far this season.