Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that his team must not give up in the fight for the 2013 championship.
Fernando Alonso is 60 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship, while Ferrari is 103 points back on Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship.
Domenicali admits that the title is no longer in Ferrari’s hands, but that the team must jump at any opportunity.
“The fight for the title is ever more difficult but we must not give up the chase, even by a millimetre,” he said.
“Certainly it no longer depends just on what we are able to do but we must try to be ready to benefit from any opportunity that might come our way between now and the end of the championship. Never say never: in sport something unexpected can always happen.”
Domenicali also believes that Ferrari should be satisfied at having taken 26 points home from Singapore.
“This weekend we didn’t have the technical resources to fight either for victory or even, probably, for the podium.”
“Yet we left the circuit having taken more points than anyone else: if we succeeded it’s because everyone – from the drivers to the warehouse workers – gave everything they have and they made no errors. We have to be satisfied with that and we must recognise the value of everyone who has done their job well.”
Domenicali accepts that Red Bull is currently doing a better job than Ferrari and believes that fans, who booed race winner Vettel, need to accept this as well.
“It’s true: we must recognise that our opponents have done a better job than we have and compliment them because in sport you have to accept when your opponent does better than you,” he said.
“That’s the same for the fans: I wasn’t happy to hear that Vettel was booed under the Singapore podium as well. The German driver was perfect and he was helped out by a car that was as quick as it was reliable: this should be acknowledged.”