Ferrari: Car hasn't matched Alonso's talent
23 October 2013 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said the Scuderia is largely responsible for the failure to secure any titles since signing Fernando Alonso, and that the outfit hasn't given the two-time F1 world champion a car to match his talent.
Domenicali’s comments come ahead of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, and while Alonso still has a mathematical chance of beating Sebastian Vettel this season, with a 90-point deficit to overcome, and only four races left, it is not very likely, to say the least.
“If in the past four years we have come close to the title twice [in 2010 and in 2012], it is partly down to him. Unfortunately, we have not been capable of giving him a car that matches his talent. You [can] compare him to Vettel, but when you have a better car, everything is more straightforward,” Domenicali said in an interview on the Scuderia’s official website.
Alonso has been rather vocal this season in his criticism of Ferrari and his comments after the Hungarian Grand Prix attracted the wrath of Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo.
Domenicali was also less than impressed: “If I have something to say to him, as would be the case with my engineers, I would do it behind closed doors and in a harsh manner. But externally, I will always defend the team.
“When he crossed the line, president Montezemolo intervened and in private, so did I,” Domenicali added.
Asked why Red Bull have been so dominant, Domenicali replied: “Everyone is trying to work that out. But it’s pointless make accusations [about ‘strange engine mappings’] if there is no proof.
“The FIA can check the control unit, and if they find nothing then Red Bull is obviously doing a good job.”