Ferrari: Almost impossible now for Alonso
8 October 2013 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has conceded it is now ‘almost impossible’ for Fernando Alonso to win the F1 2013 Drivers’ title.
Alonso lost yet more ground in Korea last weekend, coming home sixth, 26.1 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel, who again won and again took the maximum 25 point haul – something that increased the German’s advantage 77 points, and means he could now clinch the title in Japan this Sunday.
“I hope it will be less difficult [at Suzuka] and we need stay positive inside,” Domenicali told reporters following the 14th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“Today we were not in a position to take advantage if there was a problem with Sebastian, but maybe next Sunday the situation will be better and maybe the sporting issue will happen to Vettel rather than [his team-mate] Mark [Webber] and then we can be closer [and make up ground].”
"But we need to be realistic - we know it is almost impossible to win the title so congratulations to him [Vettel] and what they are doing because at the end of the day they deserve that,” he added.
“So that is an extra push for us and a motivation for our team to try to achieve the level of performance they were able to achieve here.”
Ferrari technical director, Pat Fry meanwhile is also hoping Suzuka will be more kind and that the Scuderia will be back battling for a place in the top-three.
“The top places were out of reach [in Korea]. Both Fernando and [team-mate] Felipe [Massa] did their utmost and fought hard all weekend against tyre degradation and graining, which was particularly high, because of the characteristics of this track.
“For Suzuka [now], we will try and improve and get back to aiming for a podium finish, because we certainly don’t want to be fighting for sixth and ninth [again],” Fry concluded.