Alonso deserved the championship, says Domenicali

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2012Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali paid tribute to Fernando Alonso after he narrowly lost the drivers’ championship in Brazil.

“That?s sport and that?s how it goes,” said Domenicali. “To have lost the drivers? title twice in the last three years by the tiniest of margins hurts, it hurts a lot, I can assure you of that.

“I am particularly disappointed for Fernando, who like never before, really deserved to win this time. He has been extraordinary, not just in the way he has driven, nor because he simply never gave up in the first very difficult part of the season, but mainly for the human qualities he demonstrated within the team.”

Domencali said Alonso’s two point-less races in Belgium and Japan cost him dearly: “Where did we lose those three points? Hard to say, but I just want to point out that Fernando ended where he
did having effectively only taken part in 18 of the 20 races. The few hundred metres he covered in Spa and then Suzuka lays heavy like a rock on today?s outcome.

“Sure, we cannot ignore the fact we were unable to give him and Felipe [Massa] a quicker car, especially at the start of the season: this also cost us dear and our main aim for 2013 should be precisely that of giving our drivers the equipment with which they can win immediately. We owe our drivers and we want to wipe out that debt as soon as possible.”

Domenicali praised Massa who gave up his second place to Alonso during the race: “I also want to thank Felipe for not letting go after a very difficult opening part to the year: he worked very hard and if today we have finished second in the constructors? championship, we also owe it to him.

“We always stuck by him, even when the outside world was calling for us to sack him and we have given him confidence for 2013. I think his results in this final part of the season have been the right response to those who doubted him.

“At this moment, I also want to thank everyone who has worked day and night, at the track and at Maranello to try and help us realise our dream and I am proud of all of them.”

Domenicali added his praise for the Sebastian Vettel, who clinched his third world championship in Brazil: “Finally, I want to congratulate Sebastian, who is a great adversary. I think I can say we are leaving Brazil our heads held not just high, but very high.”

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said he was “proud” of his team. “We fought all the way to the bitter end, getting both our drivers onto the podium for the final race of the season.

“When you miss out on the title by the smallest of margins, naturally there is some regret. I want to congratulate Fernando on what he has done this year: his season has been simply fantastic.

“Felipe drove very well in the second half of the season and demonstrated once again that he is a real team player. I also want to thank Stefano Domenicali and all his colleagues for the work they have done, day after day, to produce a car that, in terms of reliability, was perfect and for what they achieved on track in terms of strategy and the work in the garage.

“Now we must immediately concentrate on next season, because, right from the start, we must have a car that is competitive at the highest level.”

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66 comments on Alonso deserved the championship, says Domenicali

  1. Commendatore (@commendatore) said on 25th November 2012, 21:56

    Sadly not always the best driver of the season wins the title.

  2. He did but so did Vettel in my mind. It just so happened the Red Bull driver came out on top!

    P.S – Ferrari, you could’ve helped Alonso by making working updates! Alonso deserved it but Ferrari didn’t.

  3. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 25th November 2012, 22:06

    Well, he would say that wouldn’t he

  4. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 25th November 2012, 22:06

    The one who gathers most points over the course of the season deserves to win the championship.

    • Metal Mr. L (@metalluigi) said on 26th November 2012, 4:21

      So if Karthikeyan won every race due to others retiring in every race due to meteors, hailstorms and whatever else, he would deserve the championship?

    • robertosp said on 26th November 2012, 18:04

      So Prost deserved the 1988 championship

      • Bruno (@brunes) said on 27th November 2012, 11:07

        Only the best 11 results counted towards the championship at the time.
        Senna had the 11 best results which gave him the well deserved tittle. Whether Prost likes it or not, those were the rules and they were well aware of them at the start of the season.

        That wasn’t a nonsense rule created at the end of a race by the French FIA president to changed the final result. (if you know what I mean… coff coff, 1989)

  5. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 25th November 2012, 22:07

    I think what sucks more is that Alonso probably has only 2 good years left in him before he starts becoming like Webber and at this rate Ferrari don’t look like they’ll produce cars that can consistently perform on every circuit.

    There’s always next year though and I think both Fernando and Ferrari will be even more determined to get both championships.

    • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 25th November 2012, 22:15

      I don’t know about that – Schumacher was six years older in 2006 when he was still fighting for the championship and he’d probably had a couple of more competitive years left had he stayed in the sport.

    • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 25th November 2012, 22:47

      @davef1 The concern for Alonso next year is the regain of form from Massa … If he begin next season as he finishes this one, Alonso could receive the message “Felipe is faster than you” even if I’m not sure this will ever be the case.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 26th November 2012, 18:09

      I see no reason whatsoever to equate FA as ever becoming a Webber, nor do I see any reason to think Ferrari can no longer produce a winner. Given what FA did with what everybody was calling a ‘dog’ at the start of the season, Ferrari saying they just needed time with the car, I think it is highly likely that Ferrari may start off the season with the car to beat, or at least a car that won’t be considered a dog from the outset of 2013.

  6. Gillera69 said on 25th November 2012, 22:09

    There we go again…what’s with Ferrari trash talk…? RBR did not deserve it?
    Cry babies…sore losers…

    • robertosp said on 26th November 2012, 18:07

      They didn’t say RBR didint deserve it. Domenicali admitted Ferrari didn’t do a good job, implying RBR did. Ferrari never questioned their WCC, what they are saying is that Alonso deserved WDC more than Vettel.

  7. magon4 (@magon4) said on 25th November 2012, 22:09

    Alonso 2012 was really really good. Schumacher 1997 was much better, though. Just saying.

  8. Ash356 (@ash356) said on 25th November 2012, 22:11

    ‘Where did we lose those three points? Hard to say, but I just want to point out that Fernando ended where he
    did having effectively only taken part in 18 of the 20 races. The few hundred metres he covered in Spa and then Suzuka lays heavy like a rock on today’s outcome.’
    *Sigh* I realise Domenicali is heavily biased, but it would be foolish to pin it all on these incidents. Or are we simply to forget that Vettel has also had his fair share of failures this season, such as the alternator issues?
    I wanted Alonso to win quite badly, but he simply didn’t. He’s drove a superb season in a car that was fairly average in the first half of the season. Domenicali’s comments, to me, just seem like a radical attempt at deflecting the blame from the sub-par car to others such as Grosjean.

  9. senninha (@senninha) said on 25th November 2012, 22:14

    But Ferrari didn’t deserve it and as even the drivers titel is a combination of team and driver it was the right combination there won.

  10. Hard to say, but I just want to point out that Fernando ended where he
    did having effectively only taken part in 18 of the 20 races. The few hundred metres he covered in Spa and then Suzuka lays heavy like a rock on today’s outcome.

    And I’m sure the Valencia Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix had no influence whatsoever. Sure Stefano…

  11. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 25th November 2012, 22:35

    Alonso deserved this championship.

    But Vettel also deserved this championship too.

    • Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 26th November 2012, 0:31

      Hamilton deserved it more. 75 points lost in Abu Dhabi, Barcelona and Singapore. And after you factor in the points that Vettel and Alonso gained from these three races as a result, Hamilton would have been right in the thick of things, eventually coming out on top (see 2008)

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 26th November 2012, 5:40

        Hamilton didn’t lose the entire 25 points in Barcelona. He recovered to 6th or 7th I think. But I do agree that Hamilton was on par with Alonso this season.. and maybe a little ahead on Vettel

      • robertosp said on 26th November 2012, 18:11

        But then you have to add back the points that Alonso and Vettel also lost… and subtract then from Hamilton and others.

  12. asingh1 (@asingh1) said on 25th November 2012, 22:45

    What came of all of that zen-like crap Alonso was coming up with – that he was 100% certain of winning the title and that Ferrari were the better team?

    • He came up with amazing performances and lost the Championship in the third fastest car by only 3 points. Thats what.

      If you have to ask me, I’d take Alonso’s zen tweets over the finger of Vettel or the gangsta of Lewis any day. At least I can just unsubscribe from his tweets. The finger and gangsta you cant escape.

      • Malibu_GP said on 25th November 2012, 23:55

        @infy gangsta? Thats ridiculous.

      • Where do you put sour grapes in your ranking? It’s pretty poor manners for Alonso and Dominicali to start in about Vettel’s non-penalty in Suzuka now, the day Vettel has won his title, from like half a dozen races ago. Actually it’s kind of bizarre. And they effectively only raced in 18 of the races? What a hoot. What would Vettel and Hamilton have to say using this analysis. Stay classy Ferrari.

  13. Palle (@palle) said on 25th November 2012, 23:38

    Alonso is an amaizing driver, but he has also had a lot of luck lately to be able to stay in the fight. Massa’s form of late has however shown that it was perhaps not Alonso being able to drive the Ferrari above its capability, but more that the Ferrari is better in the race than in Qualifying, and with the DRS zone it becomes possible to work your way up to the podium. Vettel has also had his share of bad luck, and an italian produced alternator – but both of them (and several drivers with them) show an admirable ability to get up again and score points against all odds. Next time I’m about to quit and give up, I’ll remind myself of the F1 pilot spirit – never give up, get back on the track and keep going until the checkered flag.

  14. Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 26th November 2012, 0:03

    “I am particularly disappointed for Fernando, who like never before, really deserved to win this time.”

    So Alonso didn’t deserve to win the first two titles?

  15. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 26th November 2012, 0:06

    Ridiculous. Alonso didn’t deserve the championship; he competed for it admirably and came in second. There were no extenuating circumstances, for Alonso and Ferrari, which compel us to judge his season on what was deserved over what was delivered.

    If anyone deserved the championship this year, it would be Hamilton. How many times did we watch him take that long walk back to the paddock after leading the race?

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