F1 »

Domenicali: Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel for title

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali reckons he knows who will be fighting over the F1 crown at season's end....
Despite the Scuderia's troubled start to the 2012 F1 campaign, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes that it is now on track to keep Fernando Alonso in the thick of the championship fight to the finale in Brazil.

The Spaniard did his bit to keep Ferrari in a position of strength even as it attempted to right the F2012's deficiencies, winning in tricky conditions in Malaysia and racking up points finishes everywhere else, including podiums in Spain and Monaco. With the team now happier that its car is a genuine contender, Alonso ran at the front throughout the recent Canadian Grand Prix, only to miss out on another top three finish when a bold one-stop tyre strategy proved his undoing in the closing stages.

Although finishing fifth behind Lewis Hamilton saw Alonso surrender his championship lead to the Briton, such is the unpredictable - and close-fought - nature of the 2012 season that Domenicali sees no reason not to include his star turn among a short-list of title contenders.

"I think, at the end of the day, looking at the championship, it's going to be a fight between Sebastian [Vettel], Lewis and Fernando," the Italian told ESPN after the Montreal race, "Maybe, because everyone is thinking one thing before the race and another later, after Valencia it will be different, but honestly I think the championship could evolve into a fight between the first three drivers."

The top three in the championship, after seven of 20 rounds, are split by just three points, with Hamilton holding a two-point advantage over his former team-mate, with Vettel a further point adrift. With Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Rosberg all also having won races this year, and the revised scoring structure offering 25 points for a win, there is still scope for a number of other drivers to stamp their championship credentials, with Button currently eighth overall, 43 points adrift, after a string of poor results.

Despite admitting his disappointment at seeing Alonso surrender the points lead he took to Montreal, Domenicali insisted that the 'most important thing is that the championship is completely open'.

"Hamilton is leading, but Alonso is second by two points and there are many races to go," he pointed out, "The only thing is to keep pushing and put the performance on the car - up to the moment that we are qualifying on pole position, we cannot be happy.

"The first objective is not to fight for pole position as we did here, but to be able to take a pole position after such a long time. Of course there will be another evolution - we will bring new updates for Valencia - but I'm sure the others will do the same, so it's a matter to see how the package is performing on the track that will make the difference."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.06.2012- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
10.06.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
10.06.2012- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
10.06.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 race winner
10.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
09.06.2012- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
09.06.2011- Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


SennaPart2 - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 12:02 PM

This is my current form list: (my formula penalizes drivers for DNFs and is heavily weighted on consistency) Group 1: Alonso,Hamilton & Vettel Group 2: Webber Group 3: Rosberg,Raikkonen Group 4: Button,Perez,Di Resta Group 5: Grojean,Kobayashi,Massa,Hulkenburg,Vergne Group 6: Maldonado, Ricciardo, Senna Group 7: Glock,Kovalainen,Petrov,Schumacher,Pic,Karthikeyan,de la Rosa *No wonder the big teams are showing keen interest in Perez and Di Resta *I think Webber should not be ruled out. In fact this championship might end up like 2010 except Rosberg might replace Button in the top 5

AlonsoFan - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 6:22 PM

But if they continue to make silly mistakes then Alonso might not make it to the top three. Last time(2010) they should not have followed Mark into the pits now this time they should have follow Lewis into the pits to secure even third place. Ferrari is joking with this year WDC('',:')



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.