The Spaniard Fernando Alonso has said that he could have easily challenged the win at the Malaysian Grand Prix had it not been for the incident that damaged his front wings. Alonso qualified for the race in the third position just behind Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa. However, he was involved in an incident with Vettel at the start of the race, which damaged his front wing. The Italian team decided not to bring in the Spaniard immediately in the hope that he may require another pit stop for the dry tyres as well.
However, Alonso lost his entire front wing before he could come into the pits. This resulted in him having to retire from the race. After the race, the Spaniard was visibly disappointed, but has said that there are opportunities for him to close the gap on the title challengers from now till the end of the season. He has said that his car was extremely good, and he could have challenged for a win. Alonso had to see Sebastian Vettel take maximum points after a victory in controversial circumstances. The Spaniard also choose not to blame the team, but himself for the decision to stay out on the track despite having damaged his front wing.
“Today we had a good car and I don’t think we were too far from Red Bull pace in the race. They didn’t have all the aces this weekend. No one was especially quick, so I think we could really have fought for the win. We are still missing some pace, but we have three weeks now to work and bring some new parts. Everyone will do it, but hopefully we can taker a bigger step than the others. It was a very, very small touch, but enough to damage the front wing a lot,” said Alonso.
The Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said that the Red bull driver Sebastian Vettel is the one who has everything to lose when the final race of the 2013 F1 world championship takes place in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso comes into the race with a slim chance of winning the world championship title. He has recently closed the gap on the German driver in recent races, but it has not been enough Alonso a lead once again in the table. There are many mathematical combinations that Alonso leads to match in order to win the title in the last race of the season.
Due to the complex nature of the mathematical combinations and the recent form of Sebastian Vettel, it is going to be hard to match by the Spaniard. He has now opened the mind games by saying that the 25-year-old has everything to lose in this title race. Alonso has said that he will be extremely overjoyed if he wins the title for the first time since joining Ferrari, but if he loses, he will not be extremely sad. This is because he is aware that he will be able to challenge for world titles as long as he has had Ferrari. He also intends to the with the Italian team for the next five years at least.
“In Formula One there’s always pressure but definitely we have less than if we were leading the championship. We have nothing really to lose. We are arriving in second position after five qualifying sessions dominated by Red Bull. If something else happens, maybe we will win the championship but because it’s not in our hands, the pressure is much less,” said the Ferrari driver. He is behind Sebastian Vettel by just 13 points with 25 points on the cards for the winner.
Two-time Formula 1 defending champion Sebastian Vettel has stated that he is extremely flattered amidst comments from Ferrari that both he and former two-time Drivers’ Champion Fernando Alonso can co-exist in the same team and drive together with real class.
Stefano Domenicali, the team principal of the famous team from Italy had recently fuelled speculations that The Prancing Horse already have a pre-contract agreement in place for the young German for the 2014 season, when he stated that it was his belief that both Vettel and Alonso would do well for the team because they will be able to co-exist in the team.
Fernando Alonso also added in the light of these comments from his team principal that he didn’t think he would have any problem in driving for the same team as the youngster after he admitted that he had a say in identifying the other driver that Ferrari wants for its team. On hearing the rumors about his pre-contract agreement with the Italian for a move in 2014, Vettel added that he is extremely happy at the moment with Red Bull Racing and he is not thinking of switching his teams.
Speaking of the rumors, Vettel also stated that he is extremely flattered at the interest from the Italian team, which has the most number of titles in Formula 1 history, adding that it is one of the greatest teams in the sport with a great history.
Vettel was the most outstanding performer for the Red Bull Racing team for the last two seasons, taking the team from nowhere to two consecutive Drivers’ Championships and Constructors’ Championships in 2010 and 2011 and ever since his first success with the team, he had been linked with a move to Ferrari but nothing proved to be concrete in these two years.