Domenicali: Time is not right for Alonso-Vettel dream team at Ferrari

16 January, 2013

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso at Wrooom

Facing the media at Wrooom, the Philip Morris bank rolled media junket at Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Dolomites, Ferrari team principal rejected talk of a dream team with Sebastian Vettel drafted in alongside Fernando Alonso.

Fernando Alonso Stefano DomenicaliStefano Domenicali remarked that their Spainish star “carried” the team almost single handed for the entire season last year, and was a contender for the title until the very last race despite the team’s ‘lethargic’ F2012.

Domenicali said of the team’s undisputed numero uno driver, “Fernando had an amazing season and we’ve been saying that for three years now, while he continues to astonish everyone. His strength as a champion and his great fighting spirit is a guarantee for himself and for the team: our responsibility is to give him a car with which he can make the most of his abilities and his killer instinct.”

The subject of triple world champion Vettel being recruited by the team to partner Alonso has made headlines during the course of the year, and the prospect was raised during the media conference.

Domenicali responded, “Could Vettel and Alonso one day be part of a dream team? I think our president has already commented on this subject several times: a dream team is fantastic if it is correctly managed, but at the moment we are not looking at that, because we want to ensure the team is as well balanced as possible.”

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany.“You have to be very careful, not just in Formula One, but in sport in general, because sometimes, putting together all the Number Ones can lead to more negatives than positives,” he concluded on the subject.

Earlier this month in an interview, Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko took a swipe at Alonso saying, “Alonso is constantly involved in politics. I believe that we saw the stress that he was under towards the end of the season. Saying things like, ‘I’m competing against Hamilton, not Vettel,’ and ‘I’m up against Newey,’ these psychological skirmishes.  ‘Just ignore him.’ we said [to Vettel]”

Domenicali came to defence of the Spaniard, “As usual, there are people who try and stir up the politics, believing [that] they will provoke a reaction, but I am deaf to these things and I believe Fernando is totally focused on his performance, while I can assure you that the team will give its answer on the track, with deeds, not words.” (GP247)

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  • JodyRenza

    This will be a nightmare not a dream!! Vettel will have Hulkenberg to worry about in the near future!

  • madnessisfame

    Unless ferrari builds a better car, other wise Vettel will never see the sun if he teams in Ferrari…Unless Vettel brings with him Newey to build him the fastest car to win again…
    Come on Ferrari…build the right car for Alonso…one hand doesn’t clap

  • patagrande

    I used the google translator and was surprised to say the least.

    What SD really means is that its FA period and he is a little cranky due to PMS.

    How refreshing to see Ferrari expressing themselves so candidly about things so complex and certainly not obvious!

    Ferrari and RB do like Kimisaviousanonimus = STF UP and let the wheels do the talking

  • ?

    @JodyRenza
    And robin frijns?

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