F1 » Domenicali: We have not served Alonso well


Rather than its star under-performing in recent years, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says the Scuderia needs to shoulder the blame for failing to land a title with Fernando Alonso.

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Taz

October 23, 2013 8:58 AM

What bugs me about the headline is he doesn't say "We have not served Alonso well".

He said they hadn't produced the car he needed but it partly his fault (ouch).

It's not gushing praise for Alonso, I guess his digs at the team (deserved IMO) have soured the relationship a little.

LewisForTheTitle

October 23, 2013 9:47 AM

@Taz

You haven't read his quotes properly I'm afraid, he said....

“If, in the past four years, we have come close to the title twice, it is partly down to him,”

.........basically, Alonso's talent is why we've come so close to winning the title twice. In that paragraph it was positive about Alonso, not negative. Obviously later in the piece it wasn't so positive about him, basically implying that Alonso has been given a big, harsh talking to, behind closed doors because of Alonso's interviews which have been very critical of the team.

Gecko

October 23, 2013 11:32 AM

I think Alonso has the right to have a go at the team's poor progress. The team have given him a "bucket of bolts" to carry on his back. And sometimes it is really bad, as well as some of the strategy they have called from the pits.

A bad show from the team.

rob01

October 23, 2013 12:30 PM

They are just saying that to El Diablo to calm his temper over the signing of Kimi. Next Alonso will come out an profess his dying love for Ferrari. This is weekly bull crap coming from Red since FA signed with the team.

Jamal22

October 23, 2013 3:07 PM

“If, in the past four years, we have come close to the title twice, it is partly down to him,”

I honestly believe Alonso wont come near the title if they hadnt destroyed Massa in the process

F1Rules

October 23, 2013 4:03 PM

No Jamal, you miss the point.

Massa destroyed himself by knowingly signing for a team with a 1-2 driver policy and never really "grabbing the prancing horse" by the horns! He became a number 2 to three successive drivers at Ferrari as a result. Like Rubens before him, he signed the contract with his eyes open and without a gun to his head!

over2u

October 23, 2013 5:48 PM

hence Ferrari's reason to employ kimi on equal status to drive a dog of a car for 14 with both drivers in the team taking points away from each other for third and fourth place finishes, hence no chance of WDC or WMC, that's got to be clever thinking ! sorry, cant call 14 a dog of a car, but history has a tendency !

Jamal22

October 23, 2013 7:32 PM

F1Rules

He signed to be a 2 to Schummy, they let him race Kimi, Alonso ORDER that Massa should be his number 2 even when he was a number 2 to Schumacher, he was still treated with respect, he won races hardly asked to move out of the way, with Alonso they threw all the dirt at Massa asking him to maintain a 2 sec behind Alonso whereas Massa was faster than the cars ahead of Alonso, am trying to remember the race Massa's tires where completely gone but because Alonso had to pit first they let Massa go another lap handing position to both McLaren drivers

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