Boss: Ferrari can take control of title
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:33a.m.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is trailing Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 13 points with only three races left in the Grand Prix season.
But the Spanish driver's boss, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali, still feels his man is in with a chance of catching the defending champion.
As the Italian team prepared for next weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand prix following Alonso's second place behind Vettel in India, Domenicali said: "The fact that Vettel won the race is not the thing that we wanted because the gap has increased but this is the situation.
"We have still three races to go where we need to stay absolutely very rational and try to maximise mainly our qualifying performance because this will affect tremendously the race. Thirteen points with three races to go, still everything possible and we need to believe in that because we can.
"We really hope that next Sunday we can diminish the gap that we have now from Sebastian Vettel."
Trailing Vettel by six points before landing in India, Alonso drove an aggressive race at the Buddh International Circuit to finish second - three places up from where he started but still behind winner Vettel.
It was, the Spaniard recognised, damage limitation with everything still to play for up to the final race in Brazil next month after Abu Dhabi and Austin, Texas.
The Spaniard was the only top 10 driver to improve his grid position in Sunday's race.
Ferrari will have some updates in Abu Dhabi but Domenicali appears to have conceded the constructors' championship to Vettel's Red Bull team who are 91 points ahead. Ferrari are second, 10 points ahead of McLaren with Lotus fourth, 43 points further behind.
"It's important to look ahead, to fight with McLaren and and with Lotus for the second place in the constructors' championship," he said.
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