Ferrari: Singapore GP outcome 'decisive'
10 September 2013 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has admitted the outcome of the Singapore Grand Prix later this month will be ‘decisive’ in determining how resources are allocated for the reminder of the year.
With the F1 regulations changing dramatically next season all the teams have had to juggle developing their current cars and focusing on 2014 and with Fernando Alonso losing more ground to Sebastian Vettel in Italy last weekend – the gap is now 53 points - time is fast running out for the Spaniard.
“Singapore will be important because it will reveal our level of competitiveness on a high downforce circuit: the outcome of that Grand Prix will also be decisive in helping us draw conclusions linked to the gradual changeover of our resources to the 2014 project,” Domenicali confirmed after the twelfth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“[However] while we still have a mathematical chance this year, we will not slacken our efforts one iota,” he added.
Meanwhile, Domenicali said he was pleased with Ferrari’s performance at Monza, even if Red Bull were ultimately unbeatable.
“We fought with all the means at our disposal to try and stick with the race leader, but given Vettel’s performance, in the end we could not have done better than this [second]. I send him my congratulations,” he continued.
“We know we are up against very strong opponents, but I’m pleased to have seen Ferrari run competitively, being the only team that tried to put Red Bull under pressure.
“It’s normal to feel some regret, because here at Monza we wanted to repay our fans for their incredible support, which is a great incentive to never give up. The gap in the Drivers’ classification has grown, but in the Constructors’ we have managed to move up to second place. On top of that, there were four Ferrari engines in the top seven at the finish line, which is a very impressive result.
“Now we must maintain this current form and be ready to make the most of whatever opportunities arise, counting on reliability, which from now to the end of the season will play an important role, while also hoping for a bit of a good luck,” he concluded.