Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

F1: Ferrari, Alonso believe in comeback mission


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, September 10 - Ferrari and Fernando Alonso
still believe in their bid to end Sebastian Vettel's dominance
of Formula One even after finishing second to the German world
champion at their home grand prix last weekend.
Alonso gave a trademark combative display at Monza last
weekend, but he could do no more than limit the damage and make
the second rung of the podium, with the speed gap between
Vettel's Red Bull RB9 and the Spaniard's Ferrari F138 too big.
That meant Vettel, who is bidding for a fourth consecutive
world title, extended his lead over Alonso in the drivers'
standing to 53 points with seven races to go.
Ferrari are also second in the constructors' table, 104
points behind Red Bull.
"We'll believe right until the end," Alonso told fans via
his Twitter account @alo_oficial.
"We'll be giving our all".
The 32-year-old, who won the 2005 and 2006 world titles
with Renault, also reiterated he was happy at Ferrari and
committed to staying with the Italian glamour team.
Reports that Alonso could leave Ferrari, with whom he has
contract until the end of 2016, and join Red Bull resurfaced
after he seemed to call the team engineers idiots over the team
radio in qualifying on Saturday.
But when asked what Ferrari meant to him on Monday, he
replied: "it's a way of living, my team, my second family, my
Ferrari President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo hit an
optimistic note on Tuesday, with Ferrari set to introduce
changes to the car that they hope will boost performance at the
Singapore Grand Prix next week.
"We're looking forward, there are still lots of races to
go," Montezemolo told reporters and the Frankfurt Motor Show.
"We mustn't give up".
He also thanked Ferrari's fans for sticking by the team in
the recent trophy-less seasons, but stressed that he would have
liked to have heard fewer boos directed at Vettel after he won
at Monza on Sunday.
"The fans have shown great affection and understanding and
this must drive us to do even more," he added.
"In recent years, Ferrari have always been near the top,
but I'm not happy to see us unable to win at Monza.
"We need everyone's effort. We need a more competitive
Montezemolo refused to talk about Ferrari's driver line-up
for next season, amid reports they are about to drop Alonso's
Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa and bring back Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finn, who is currently competing for Lotus, was the
last man to win the driver's championship for Ferrari, in 2007.

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