Ferrari admits European Grand Prix performance is not pure, because Safety Car delay and Vettel retirement extremely helped Fernando Alonso and he set top podium in Valencia.
Upgraded Red Bull come-back strongly in the field and they are dominated in Qualifying and also in race. Vettel commanded the race and he extended 20+ sec gap between his main rivals, but defending world champion forced out with mechanical problem after safety car exit.
Vettel’s departure left the way open for his competitors to take advantage, and it was Alonso’s great efforts – which included a brave move past Romain Grosjean after a safety car restart – to take an emotional victory.
Ferrari team Principal Stefano Domenicali says they need dominant car needs to be taken as a sign that things still need to improve at Maranello.
“The car is at another level from what we were seeing at the beginning of the season, but it is not yet the car that is the quickest,” explained Domenicali, who saw Alonso become the first double winner of the 2012 campaign.
“In my view Red Bull, or the Red Bull that I have seen this weekend, is the quickest in terms of pure performance. In the race it was leading comfortably, the pace was very strong. That is something that we need to look at,
“We know what our target is at the end of November, so we know that, in my view, they did something very good this weekend, and they improved the car. They had problems with reliability, but we are not, in my view, at the level that we should be in terms of the performance.
“So we have a lot to do, but we are leading the championship and that is something that will be very helpful for the people at home to keep working with more creativity and ideas.”
Stefano Domenicali claim Valencia winner is number one driver.
“I am very happy for him because he had such a pressure. Certain feelings you have just watching the eyes of a man that you know. So I was really so happy from my heart to see him fight like this. And I am also happy for the team because they were working in terms of the right strategy and the right calls; this is the strength of our team.
“But as I said, we need to stay cool, calm. This victory is very important because our main rivals in the championship had some problems. Reliability is a key factor this year, and you need to score points every time.”
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