F1 » Ferrari on back foot after 'cruel blow' for Alonso

Fernando Alonso's early retirement at Suzuka in another race dominated by main rival Sebastian Vettel wiped out his advantage in the championship and put Ferrari on the back foot.

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October 08, 2012 12:58 PM
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Going to be hard for him, Red Bull have clearly moved their car forwards and Ferrari haven't, they were blaming the wind tunnel last week. He's driven really well this season, didn't agree with his assessment of the Kimi incident though, just a racing incident, Kimi had nowhere to go.

At this stage my money is on Vettel, if Alonso had scored a podium I wouldn't be saying that but the DNF has blown it wide open and the Red Bull is a faster car. He needs a lot of luck now.

napiaT - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 1:06 PM

Kimi had nowhere to go. Right, I watched it in slow motion several times and I'd say there was no reason for Kimi to be there, he had nothing to achieve being there. There was no way he could have passed Alonso outside. Racing incident, agreed. But I also agree with Alonso when he said he is wondering why Kimi didn't lift off.


October 08, 2012 1:19 PM

Five races to go, it is time for the the Ferrari tech team to step up, Alonso has done more than anyone thought possible, the pit crew have been impeccable, the rest of the team need to take inspiration from that.

Barry Kybird - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:17 PM

Why after Sunday's race is all the comments coming out of Ferrari about Alonso ?

I suppose Filepe Massa coming 2nd wasn't much of an achievement ?

Filepe it's just you, Mrs Massa, Master Smedley & me that know you did an excellent
performance !.

Jules - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:18 PM

Being a Alonso fan, I'm very disappointed with the way Alonso had to retire from a race he could have done well in. Being hit from behind by another driver is very frustrating. The Lotuses have done it to Alonso twice at crucial points of the championship.

McL is obviously playing mind games with Alonso now saying the pressure is on him. Why is Whitmarsh even saying that? Has McL ruled themselves out of winning the WDC? They should just be as worried.

Alonso is still 4 points ahead and he only needs one point to win the WDC. Ferrari's race pace isnt so bad and Redbull might not be as competitive in the later races. WHo knows? Another 2 alternator problems for them in the next few races?

It would be an exciting race to the finish..but my bet is that Alonso will prevail eventually. He's a better driver. Vettel can't win if he cant start from pole or has the fastest car during the race.

silent observer - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:28 PM

Jules, you sound like you're clutching at straws a bit lol. Sorry...couldn't resist it.

Barry, the reason is simple. This is the sharp end of the season and Ferrari are talking about the WDC. Doesn't mean they weren't happy that Massa finally drove well.

Nealio - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:38 PM

The real disappointment is the inability of Ferrari engineers to develop the car. They haven't progressed since the German GP and with other driver's errors putting Alonso out of two races even perfect performances by Fernando and the pitbox crew will not be enough to beat Red Bull's much faster car. Another year wasted for Alonso's career while Vettel enjoys the best designed and developed car on the grid.You have to admit that Lotus is doing a great job of helping Red Bull to another championship!

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