Other drivers cost Alonso 30 points – Montezemolo

2012 Japanese Grand Prix

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari, Monza, 2012Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo urged his team to “hold its nerve” after Fernando Alonso’s lead in the drivers’ championship was cut to four points in Japan.

“I will speak to Fernando by phone soon to give him even more motivation with which to tackle these last five races, with the bit between his teeth, as indeed I expect all the team to do,” Montezemolo continued.

“Yesterday?s second place for Felipe [Massa] was very important in this final part of the season when his contribution is even more vital. I expect a huge effort from our engineers who have already shown they are capable of that and we are perfectly aware that this championship is still in our hands.”

Montezemolo added his driver would have a healthier lead but for the mistakes of others.

“We know we can count on the strongest driver around at the moment and it?s only mistakes from others at Spa and again at Suzuka, that have prevented him from having a more comfortable lead over his rivals.

“Let?s not forget that, but for those two collisions, today Fernando would have had at least 30 points more and that?s a conservative estimate. In sport, as in life, the wheel turns and we must not forget that: recently, it has not done so in a positive way for us, but it does not take much for it to change direction.”

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104 comments on Other drivers cost Alonso 30 points – Montezemolo

  1. Only loser who blame on others. Enough said.

  2. Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 8th October 2012, 14:09

    This (Alonso Vs Kimi) racing incident is also comparative with Hamilton Vs Kobayashi at the Spa GP last year. Lewis could’ve given Kamui more space but instead chose to squeeze him at Les Combes, which prematurely ended his own race (much like Alonso did Yesterday). Both of these unfortunate incidents were just that, unfortunate, I don’t believe that either Lewis at Spa 2011 or Teflonso Yesterday acted in a reckless or maniacal fashion.

    On the other hand, responsibility for the Texas-Grosjean-Massacre at Spa last month can be laid solely at the feet of Grosjean, as it was both reckless and maniacal.

  3. Binoy (@icemannkimii) said on 8th October 2012, 14:25

    I guess you just forgot that Alonso got all those points because of other drivers mistakes!!
    If No driver made a mistake this season,i wonder where alonso will be in the standings!! 4th,5th or already out of championship?!!

    • sic_j02 said on 8th October 2012, 15:09

      I beg to disagree. It’s not others’ mistake. It’s either their team or their car. Ferrari has a very reliable car this season and good race strategy however alonso’s points advantage vanished due to others’ mistake. If only they can give him a front row car then he could possibly avoid these incidents.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 8th October 2012, 20:48

      @icemannkimii

      I guess you just forgot that Alonso got all those points because of other drivers mistakes!!

      Well lets not forget that other top drivers have their points because of the car designers and engineers

      If you’re going to make stupid statements expect equally ridiculous statements in return

  4. Kimi is the only driver i know that doesn’t use aggressiveness to win races. his smooth style is similar to Jensen’s.

    Fernando is getting desperate now, RBR r baq. u just can’t beat Newey. Ferrari have lost their dominance 4ever

  5. sic_j02 said on 8th October 2012, 14:59

    Just Zip it Luca! Get your people to work on your car to give Ferdi a chance to win WDC as it is slowly slipping away!

  6. just had a look at the video again , and this DNF was 100% alonso’s fault …he was never completely past kimi and squeezed him off the track
    had kimi been out of the race alonso would have got a penalty for sure

  7. ducatiusa (@ducatiusa) said on 8th October 2012, 15:29

    alonso was not responsible for the crash…. just a racing incident…5 gp a mini championship…as ferrari tifoso i see it very hard for alonso unless they find some solution to the qualifying problem.

  8. HeX (@) said on 8th October 2012, 15:56

    Looks like Montezemolo has forgotten about how Alonso has gotten into the lead in the first place… Due to the obvious trip up between his rivals, costing his rivals plenty of points that they’re supposed to have.

    Even though I’ll admit, Alonso has done very well to capitalise on rivals’ mistakes to carve out such a lead previously. I may not be his greatest fan, but he has earned my respect in this regard.

  9. Andy rus said on 8th October 2012, 20:07

    Had to laugh at this..
    By my own calculations my favorite Charles Pic would be on 375 points and have won the championship already if it wasn’t for those pesky other drivers stealing HIS points!

  10. ogogogg said on 8th October 2012, 20:32

    Looks like LDM is quoting the old saying….

    “If ‘if’s and ‘and’s were pots and pans, there’d be no need for tinkers!”

    http://stuffijustlearned.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/thered-be-no-need-for-tinkers.html
    for a translation

  11. Roger Camp (@rogercamp) said on 8th October 2012, 20:50

    Another ridiculous statement. There’s no guarantee that Alonso would score points if there was no accident. Many other things could have happened as well avoiding him to score. Mechanical or electrical failures, flat tire… Does he have a magical crystal ball that shows only the outcome of races if there’s no crash involved?! Oh my…

  12. Roger Camp (@rogercamp) said on 8th October 2012, 20:59

    Interesting to see what Kimi and Alonso said about the incident. Kimi: “I had nowhere to go.”; Alonso: “Mommy, this guy who won for Ferrari in his first year there, didn’t let me stay ahead and put me out of the race. Do something!”.

    • Exactly my interpretation indeed!

      And now mommy is out telling the school principal that it’s just now fair when the other kids hit back on her well behaved son just because he keeps bullying them….

  13. Jorge Lardone (@jorgelardone) said on 8th October 2012, 21:02

    It is a shame that Alonso and his boss did not have the honesty to say that the accident was your sole responsibility.
    Thet they also blame Kimmi Raikkonen, one of the cleanest racers in formula 1 is directly repugnant.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th October 2012, 23:00

      @jorgelardone

      Thet they also blame Kimmi Raikkonen, one of the cleanest racers in formula 1 is directly repugnant.

      Raikkonen’s role in the incident cannot be overlooked. Just because he is “one of the cleanest racers”, that does not automatically make him innocent. Especially considering that he wasn’t on the racing line – he was so far out to one side that he would have had to have yielded to other cars just to make the corner. Raikkonen might not have directly caused Alonso’s retirement, but he’s not completely without fault, and the “I’m Kimi Raikkonen!” defence holds no water.

      • Wasn’t on the racing line?? He was on the GRASS because Fernando kept squeezing him off the track. The only people who will agree with you that Kimi had even 1% fault in this incident are cry babies Fernando and Luca. (and Maybe Fernando’s mommy!)

  14. khm (@khm) said on 8th October 2012, 23:33

    Alonso has been riding his luck for along time. This often evens out over a whole season. I would say that Alonso on several occations has been really tough in battles and come out as a hero. If it would have gone bad earlier, he would have been labelled reckless, and stupid. When you are playing with fire, you sooner or later get burned.
    In this icident, Alonsos car, moves over to the left to force Kimis car

  15. khm (@khm) said on 8th October 2012, 23:34

    in the gravel…

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