Domenicali: Alonso drove 60 qualifying laps
29 October 2012 – Fernando Alonso was on qualifying pace for the whole of Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix, which paid off massively when the Ferrari driver passed Red Bull’s Mark Webber with 13 laps to go. Stressing the Spaniard’s accomplishment, he finished second after qualifying fifth and was 35 seconds ahead of his team-mate.
“What a race that was from Fernando, simply amazing!” said Team Principal Stefano Domenicali. “He’d said he would tackle this race like a sixty-lap qualifying session and he was true to his word: on the attack from start to finish and the only one from the top ten on the grid to make up places by the end. This second place is all down to his talent, to his aggressive approach and the fact he never wants to give up, backed up by a team that is doing the maximum to give him a car that is worthy of him.
“Sure, we leave India with a bigger gap to the leader of the Drivers’ Championship than when we got here, but this race should not leave those who are ahead in a calm and relaxed mood. Fernando and Ferrari will not slacken their efforts by a centimetre, right to the end of this long season.”
With Red Bull having increased their Constructors’ Championship lead thanks to a one-three finish, Domenicali’s squad sits second and 91 points in arrears, with a maximum of 129 left available from Abu Dhabi, the USA and Brazil.
“There are three more finals to go, up against very strong opponents, but they are not unbeatable,” he continues. “I recall that, in 1982, the Italian football team was definitely not the strongest but went on to win that year’s World Cup. We believe in our chances and I’m sure that all of our fans do too.”