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. How many points were gifted to alonso this year..!!??? Not to mention his two gifted championships.
    He has driven well this year but excessively overhyped.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th October 2012, 8:23

    While Luca is right in that other drivers have cost Alonso points, there’s no use crying over spilt milk. There isn’t anything that can be done to get those points back, so if Ferrari and Alonso want the title, there is only one thing they can do about it: beat everyone else.

  3. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 9th October 2012, 9:29

    Yes other drivers have cost Alonso points but when it comes from a guy such as Montezemolo it’s hard to agree with him. You can’t deny that Spa wasn’t his fault and maybe Raikkonen could have backed off a little bit at Suzuka but you can’t blame lost points/championships on misfortunes when your team has not provided a quick enough car.

    To turn it around you could easily say that Alonso has inherited his 3 victories this year: Malaysia where McLaren ruined Hamilton’s chances and Perez ran off the track. Europe where both Vettel and Grosjean retired and Germany where they benefitted from a soaking wet qualifying and Vettel and Button battling behind.

    The real reason Alonso isn’t further ahead is because Ferrari haven’t provided a quick enough car, if they had done so with a driver like Alonso at the wheel they would have been more than 4 points clear.

    Ferrari blamed 2010 on Petrov, they might well blame this one on Lotus.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 9th October 2012, 17:42

      To turn it around you could easily say that Alonso has inherited his 3 victories this year: Malaysia where McLaren ruined Hamilton’s chances and Perez ran off the track. Europe where both Vettel and Grosjean retired and Germany where they benefitted from a soaking wet qualifying and Vettel and Button battling behind.

      @smifaye I dont know how you can discount Alonso’s Malaysia and Germany victories. By that logic every driver has inherited the win from ‘ifs’ and ‘maybes’.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 9th October 2012, 19:20

      You’re going a bi far with the “luck” stuff, since Alonso did win Germany from pole, and had the best pace (and made the least errors in Malaysia.

  4. I know he deserves little but I’m cutting LdM some slack here. He just trying to pump up his team. He’s working out his locker-room speech. Yes, the way Ferrari gets pumped up apparently is by blaming others and generally whipping up a persecution complex, but that’s what works for them.

    But unless Ferrari make a major step forward, Luca is going to be needing another new television soon.

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