Domenicali: Everything to play for in Brazil
19 November 2012 – Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali believes there is 'everything to play for' in the Drivers' championship in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso entering the event a surmountable 13 points behind Sebastian Vettel.
A strong first lap in the United States Grand Prix saw Alonso leap to fourth from seventh on the grid, before rising a further position after Mark Webber's retirement.
"Given how things looked yesterday after qualifying, this result can be seen as positive," said Domenicali. "Sure, Fernando has lost a few points to the championship leader, but the important thing was to limit the damage so as to arrive at the last race with everything to play for and that is now the case.
Fernando did the most with what he had today, in other words a car that was not capable of fighting for the win. Once again, he produced a stunning opening lap which lined him up for a podium finish. Now we go to Brazil, knowing that everything is still possible. We get there in a completely opposite situation to the one we were in on arrival in Abu Dhabi two years ago…!"
Looking back at Austin, Domenicali praised Red Bull for a third straight Constructors' title, but is more determined than ever for the Drivers' crown to fall in Ferrari's favour.
"When you end up fighting for the title at the last race, you have already achieved something important: it has happened to Ferrari many times before – with only three exceptions – since 1997 and no other team can boast of a similar regularity at the top of Formula 1. Today (Sunday), we congratulate Red Bull on winning the Constructors’ title. Now we will try and stop them doing the double in a week’s time in Interlagos!"
If Alonso is to have any chance of overhauling Vettel in the standings, he must finish at least third in Brazil on Sunday. Both men are fighting for a third world title.