Alonso: We need to be lucky and we need to have some DNFs from Sebastian

9 September, 2013

Fernando Alonso congratulates Italian GP  race winner Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso congratulates Italian GP race winner Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso hoped luck would come to the rescue after Ferrari lost out again to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel in the Italian team’s home grand prix.

The Spaniard remained second overall after finishing runner-up at Monza but is now 53 points adrift of triple champion Vettel with seven races remaining worth a maximum 175.

At the current rate, Vettel stands to wrap up his fourth successive crown well before the final race of the year in Brazil.

“I think we need to be realistic about the championship now there’s a very big gap,” Alonso told reporters.

“We don’t have enough races and probably we don’t have the speed right now to win some consecutive races and hope to reduce the gap just by pace.

Fernando Alonso versus Mark Webber during the race

Fernando Alonso versus Mark Webber during the race

“We need to be lucky and we need to have some DNFs (retirements) from Sebastian or something to win the championship. With the races left and the points disadvantage, it’s hard but in a way, it was exactly the same last year.”

Last year, Alonso had built up a commanding lead only for Vettel to reel him in and eventually win the championship by three points.

The problem for Alonso is that most of the remaining circuits have been good for Red Bull in the past, with Vettel reeling off four straight wins in Singapore, Japan, South Korea and India last year.

Despite that, Alonso said he had managed to get the maximum from his car and refused to give up until the situation became mathematically hopeless.

“There’s still a long way to go; we will try until the last race to be as good as we can and score as many points as possible and then in Brazil we will see how many points we have compared to him,” he said.

The Spaniard has won only twice this season, with his last victory in Spain in May. Vettel has now been triumphant in half of the races.

Despite that, Alonso was not downcast, “It’s true that we didn’t win the race because Red Bull and Sebastian did an even better job and they were very very good. But in our level of competitiveness that we had this year, Monza is one of the best weekends.” (Reuters)


  • lawl

    What about winning with your own “best driver on earth” methods instead of wishing bad to others?

    Oh, I forgot, you cant just cry until Vettel lets you overtake him, like that Massa dog.

    Also you cant just call RB team and say “mama mia, you are idiots, tell Vettel I cant overtake him, I need the position”.

  • f1-addict

    last year horner and seb were hoping for exact same thing, which has happened, 2 dnfs caused by the lotus drivers, but yeah only Alonso can be that bad of a person and hope for others to have some bad luck

    p.s. Alonso beat Vettel many times on track with a lesser car, in fact was the only driver to push the battle until the last race in 2 seasons while having inferior equpment but yeah he is no way as good of driver as the back stabbing vettel who is such a nice guy after all

  • =El Presidente=

    @f1-addict : i think as long as Vettel does change teams, he will neverbe considered a great driver, as for now he is just the one ‘with the fastest car’. I really think alonso was faster.. but now.. with all the momentum, the experience etc.. vettel becomes a hard nut to crack.

    Still i dont the spoiled brat.. actually both have that in common. they cry like 5year olds, who got his lolly taken away, the moment things dont go exactly as they wished.

    Fact stays, formula is not racing.. it is most of all entertainment (like WWF wrestling) and secondly it is a technical/engineering/political race. So from that point of view it doesnt really matter.

    there are like 5-6 guys who -given the fastest equipment- will all rack up title after title.

    Raikonnen/Hamilton/Vettel/Hulkenberg/Alonso/Rosberg and in the future -if he ever makes it- Robin Frijns. They all have lightning-speed in their vains. :D

  • Empee

    “What about winning with your own “best driver on earth” methods instead of wishing bad to others?”

    Relax. I’m critical of Fernando, but he’s merely acknowledging an undeniable trend that has punctuated three of the last four championships. Red Bull Racing is simply too adept at damage mitigation for his or anyone else’s triumphs or consistency to go very far. Their car is reliable and unlike Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, or Renault, doesn’t suffer spells of underperformance. In the few instances they’ve blundered, performed beneath their expectations, or retired in a given race weekend, they come to the next in top form as if it never happened. Their capacity to redouble is simply unmatched.

    It’s like Rocky fighting Drago, except instead of Drago letting Rocky’s refusal to fall create a psychological exploit, he trusts and utilizes his physical superiority to take him the distance.

  • pfft

    Rosberg and Raikkonen aren’t really it the top level….

  • Tamburello_1994

    “they cry like 5 year olds, who got his lolly taken away, the moment things don’t go exactly as they wished.”

    Pot, Meet kettle.

    One gets the same impression about you reading your “post(s)”.

    =El Presidente=, Who are you crappin?

  • the fan

    wishing your opponent to have some DNFs is a perfectly normal thing in racing I think. people tend to overeact by this and its really funny to see the comments get uglier by every posts. the truth is everyone else in that grid wants the same thing to happen to their opponents. its just that fernando has been very vocal about this since he’s one of the only few now that can stop vettel. however looking at the picture, i think the tiltle is now in the bag for vettel already. this year he’s been very mature and determined in every race. very different from 2012 i must say.

  • Alonso_is_Slow

    “last year horner and seb were hoping for exact same thing, which has happened, 2 dnfs caused by the lotus drivers, but yeah only Alonso can be that bad of a person and hope for others to have some bad luck”

    a little difference is that Vettel had a few DNFs onlky due to
    technical issues, while Alonso had a DNF due to crashing into Raikkonen. Thereby he lost the title due to his own performance.

    Period.

  • the fan

    alonso_is_slow… as i remember correctly, alonso was ahead of kimi in suzuka 2012. kimi was pushed closer to the grass and his WING clipped the LEFT REAR of Alonso. i dont think that was his fault. it was a normal racing incident that can happen to everyone. no one was penalized as matter of fact.
    so did he crashed into kimi? i’m sure you’d be saying next that he crashed by driving backwards into kimi because you’re a freaking idiot and thats how idiots think. stick to facts ive told you a long ago, you’re just making yourself a retard day by day with all this alonso hatred of yours just because you didnt get his autograph? absolutely hillarious!

  • the fan

    btw… im sure alonso also crashed into romain in spa 2012 right? :D

  • real LOTUS is the GREEN one

    the fan, Alonso in Suzuka 2012 did exactly the SAME move that Grosjean did in Spa 2012: he pushed over the limit of the track the car alongside/behind him. Watch the videos, the 2 collisions are “specular”. If everybody blamed Grosjean for Spa accident, you can’t deny Alonso has the responsability for Suzuka one.

  • real LOTUS is the GREEN one

    PS The 1st collision at Spa 2012 was between Grosjean/Hamilton, that’s the collision i’m talking about, not the subsequent disaster.

  • lawl

    @real lotus is the green one.

    “Alonso in Suzuka 2012 did exactly the SAME move that Grosjean did in Spa 2012 between him and hamilton”

    Spot on.

  • Laokannan

    “last year horner and seb were hoping for exact same thing”

    One thing is to hope for, and something quite different is to express that loud and clear. Spirit of competition? Alonso comments speak of mediocrity, instead of competitiveness .

    Sound like whining. Business as usual, in the case of Alonso.

    Ferrari is a much more reliable machine than RB, in the last two years RB has had A LOT more DNF’s due to technical failures (alternator, etc) than Ferrari (I simply cannot remember a single DNF for Ferrari for that reason).

    Poor Alonso, must be really hard to watch a rival wiping off all your records and being unable to do anything more than whining. Ha ha ha…..

  • Empee

    @Laokannan

    The Red Bulls indeed seem to have more finnicky ancillaries (alternator and KERS failures have recurred from time to time), but not so much that it’s an exploit Ferrari can capitalize upon. For all those mechanical issues, Vettel hasn’t retired much more frequently than Alonso since 2011 and managed to pull ahead with more consistent pacing in qualifying. Conversely, Ferrari has venues at which they’re considerable stronger than others, and it’s those weaker venues where they lose ground.

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