Alonso: We cannot fight for a world championship if we’re too slow
27 November, 2012
Nov.27 (Reuters) While Fernando Alonso rates 2012 as his best season in Formula One, the Spanish driver says Ferrari must build a quicker car next year if he is to fight for the title again and have a realistic chance to win it.
Wrangling with a car obviously slower than the Red Bull and McLarens was hard for the double world champion who said that Ferrari’s “luck would run out” if a repeat happened next year.
“For future, I think we need to improve the car,” Alonso told reporters after the final and deciding race of the season in Brazil was lost to Sebastian Vettel.
“We were behind the Red Bulls, behind the McLarens, and now, in the last couple of grands prix, behind Williams and Force India.
“We were clearly slower than them in pace so this is something we must improve next year because we cannot fight for a world championship if we are too slow.
Alonso’s defeat by Vettel on Sunday came in a tense finale. Weather greased the track and the German’s car spun on the first lap and he fell to the back of the field.
A multitude of permutations lined Alonso’s path to a third drivers’ crown but his younger rival worked his way up the field. Alonso’s second-placed finish was not enough as Vettel crossed the line in sixth to take the title by three points.
Heading into the Belgian Grand Prix at the start of September, Alonso had a 40-point cushion over Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber and was on course for a third world title despite the odds of an underperforming car.
“Two or three bad races can make you lose everything,” Alonso said in August. “We have a points advantage but a performance disadvantage so I don’t think we are any favourites.”
Alonso failed to finish in Belgium, and again in Japan in October.
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