Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali says that everything is still possible and hardly believes everything to play for drivers’ title in this weekend’s season finale at Brazil.
After exciting weekend at Austin Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set third place, but the main title contender Sebastian Vettel again extended his championship point, now the German 13 points ahead of Spaniard.
“Now we go to Brazil, knowing that everything is still possible.” Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali said.
“Sure, Fernando has lost a few points to the championship leader, but the important thing was to limit the damage so as to arrive at the last race with everything to play for and that is now the case.”
“We get there in a completely opposite situation to the one we were in on arrival in Abu Dhabi two years ago…! When you end up fighting for the title at the last race, you have already achieved something important: it has happened to Ferrari many times before – with only three exceptions – since 1997 and no other team can boast of a similar regularity at the top of Formula 1.
“Today (Sunday race at Austin), we congratulate Red Bull on winning the Constructors’ title. Now we will try and stop them doing the double in a week’s time in Interlagos!” Domenicali added.
Alonso himself, who will be taking part in the fourth last-race title showdown of his career and the third in Brazil, agreed that while Vettel will undoubtedly again be driving the faster car in normal conditions, unknowns over the weather and concerns over Red Bull’s reliability will only aid his own chances.
Alonso said anything can happen at Interlagos, and he believes once again Ferrari prove the reliability. Other main aspect, weather condition will play there, currently forecasting, Rainy Saturday and Wet Sunday at Sao Paulo.
“Anything can happen at Interlagos and we saw again how important reliability can be, didn’t we?
Double time world champion said.
“Maybe on paper that chance [of the title] is not so big, maybe 25%, but deep down, I feel it’s much more than that,” Then, there’s the chance of rain and a race in the wet can be very risky and we definitely have nothing to lose. Clearly, if it’s dry and we have a normal race, one can expect Red Bull to be in front of everyone and us on the third or fourth row, so the more unknown factors there are, the better it is for us.”
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