“Impossible” to beat Red Bull now – Domenicali

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Korea International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali concedes it is unrealistic to expect they can beat Red Bull now.


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Ferrari concede defeat to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull after Stefano Domenicali congratulates the German as he closes in on a fourth world championship (The Independent)

“We need to be realistic. We know it is almost impossible to win the title, so congratulations to him (Vettel) and to what they (Red Bull) are doing because at the end of the day if they have that (the title) they deserve that.”

Alonso: Ferrari’s position a miracle (Autosport)

“We did a miracle for 15 races and we try to keep this miracle alive for the remaining five.”

No reining in the bulls (Sky)

“‘These super-softs won’t even do a lap around here before overheating,’ complained Alonso to Pirelli’s Paul Hembery early in the Korea weekend. Hembery countered that he agreed: they wouldn’t. But he then asked the Ferrari driver if he knew who had asked that Pirelli bring the super-soft as the option tyre rather than the soft. Fernando did not. ‘Your boss,’ Hembery was able to inform him.”

2014 engines could create rifts (ESPN)

“I think one of the concerns for the sport is that it becomes a powertrain race. We are mindful of the fact that we currently have three and will shortly have four auto manufacturers. If one of those manufacturers doesn’t do a good enough job at the start of next year, and doesn’t have the scope by which they can become competitive, then there’s a pretty good chance they won’t be in Formula One for very long, which wouldn’t be good for the sport.”

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2013McLaren hope to find Magnussen a seat in F1 (Reuters)

“McLaren have had talks with Lotus, Force India and Marussia about giving an opportunity to Magnussen next season.”

Money… (Joe Saward)

“Over the term of the deal that has just been agreed with Formula One, the FIA will get around $375 million [??233.9m]. If there was no middle man and a structure similar to that of the IOC the FIA would be getting $1.6 billion [??990m], based on current earnings ?ǣ without any growth.”

Keeping the Samurai spirit (Ferrari)

Felipe Massa: “Even on Thursday when there is no track action, the fans are there in the grandstands opposite the pits, whether it is dry or raining. That?s the most incredible thing about racing in Japan, looking at the excitement and the love the fans have for Formula One.”

Taki Inoue – Fast Talk (Red Bull)

“I only did 18 starts and couldn?t get a point and in qualifying I was always massively off the pace from my team-mate, around two to five seconds. I never overtook any cars during my F1 career. I believe definitely I am one of the worst Formula One drivers ever.”

Off track – Taki’s take on the 2013 Korean Grand Prix (Lotus)

“When I raced the Grand Prix I thought I knew Suzuka well from Formula Three, but in Formula One everything was different. The car was so fast that the track felt completely different! So my first impression – driving the Simtek in 1994 – was like the first time I ever drove the circuit. Also, the Simtek didn?t have the paddle shift; I still had the stick, it was so difficult!”


Comment of the day

Will F1 drivers have heads-up displays in the future?

Seeing Hamilton playing around with Google Glass, it?s hard not to wonder how long it is before we see drivers using such technology to overlay vital information through their helmet visors.

It can?t be too difficult even with current hardware to create a visor that offers the drivers a view similar to ones viewers see whenever the TV director switches to infra-red cam.

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On this day in F1

Julian Bailey turns 52 today. He sold his share of a pub to pay for his first F1 season at Tyrrell in 1988 – unfortunately the 017 chassis was a disaster.

After losing his F1 seat he drove for Nissan’s Sports Car team before making a brief return to grand prix racing in 1991. A four-race stint as Mika Hakkinen’s team mate at Lotus included a single point for sixth at Imola, before he was replaced by Johnny Herbert.

He later drove for Toyota in the British Touring Car Championship and famously knocked team mate Will Hoy onto his roof during the British Grand Prix support race in 1993:


Images ?? Ferrari/Ercole Colombo, McLaren/Hoch Zwei

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103 comments on “Impossible” to beat Red Bull now – Domenicali

  1. David Bretz (@cynical) said on 9th October 2013, 7:00

    I seem to remember Alonso saying at the start of the season that this year’s car is 200% better than last year’s car. Now he is saying that it is a miracle that they are still statistically in contention.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th October 2013, 7:30

      Do you remember the start of last season? The Ferrari looked like an absolute handful.

    • Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 9th October 2013, 7:57


      Haha. I also remember same thing said by alonso at the start of this season :D
      But I’m sure some of the alonso’s fan will still find a way to suggest that whatever alonso is saying is 100% true. :P

      • caci99 (@caci99) said on 9th October 2013, 10:05

        @cynical @mjf1fan What Alonso said was that the start of the season was way better than the previous one. Also, words do not always hold their value for a given period. It is all a moving world, as is F1.

        • Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 9th October 2013, 23:34

          What alonso also sugested was that through out this season whatever result Ferrari achieved is miracle which is obviously not true.

          Ferrari were quite competitive up until Silverstone and the podiums at Spa and Monza were not by any miracles. Alonso failed to qualify at higher grid slots in both those races. He had the pace in the car if he would have qualified higher.

          Strange the way people look at things. If Seb achieves something then its all down to car and if Alonso achieves something , its all because of him or some miracle.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th October 2013, 8:02

      Maybe the car was a lot better at the start compared to how good (bad) it was at the start of last year, but the team never found much scope to improve it during the year.

    • David not Coulthard (@) said on 9th October 2013, 9:57

      Maybe the RB9 was 200.0000001% (or more) better than the RB8?

  2. John H (@john-h) said on 9th October 2013, 8:25

    Sorry to get pedantic, but he says “almost impossible” which is true. They haven’t given up just yet, as the title suggests.

    In the words of Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber, “…1 million to 1….so there’s still a chance!!”

  3. danclapp (@danclapp) said on 9th October 2013, 8:45

    Yeah sure Alonso your car was not on rails early doors, eh? He loves giving himself credit theses Samurai Twets are hilarious, just say you think your the best Fernando come on we know you think that. I think he is scared he will be a 2x WC, i mean 2007 must hurt alot when he had a great car and coulnt beat the rookie. We would be looking at an all time great but 2WC, no not for me. Show your diverse and win another 1 i suppose he would qualify.

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