Domenicali praises Vettel, Red Bull
28 October 2013 – Stefano Domenicali has described as "extraordinary" Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's fourth successive world titles, which were secured in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.
Heading to the Buddh International Circuit, Vettel knew that a fifth place finish would be enough for him to put the Drivers' crown mathematically out of Fernando Alonso's reach, while his team had to leave with a 129-point advantage over its nearest rivals.
With both targets comfortably achieved, Ferrari team boss Domenicali was quick to congratulate his rivals, but remains hopeful of putting their run to an end in 2014.
"First and foremost, it's right and proper to congratulate Sebastian and Red Bull for their fourth consecutive world title," explained Domenicali. "These are moments that we are well aware are extraordinary, but obviously, we hope that all the hard work we are doing aimed at the future, will be able to interrupt this run of success."
Reflecting on his team's performance in India, Domenicali added: "Our race was one of two sides: a positive one for Felipe [Massa], who drove a truly amazing opening lap [en route to fourth] and then Fernando's, unfortunately ruined by a contact with Webber at the first corner [en route to 11th]. Without that, we would have brought home more points, which are vital if we want to finish second in the Constructors' Championship.
"There are three races to go, everything is absolutely still possible and we have an obligation to push right to the end in a very close fight, for the runner-up position."
Mercedes sits 10 points clear of Ferrari with three races of the season remaining.