Ferrari had no intention of belittling Vettel's title

By on Friday, November 30, 2012

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said that his team had no intention of belittling Sebastian Vettel's achievements at becoming a triple world champion.

Ferrari asked the FIA whether Vettel's overtake on Jean Eric Vergne in Brazil was within the rules, with the sport's governing body confirming that Vettel had not committed an offence.

"It was incumbent on us to ask the Federation for a clarification, given everything that was going round on the Internet", said Domenicali. "We had no intention of belittling the merit of the title winner, but it was right to have the matter completely cleared up. The FIA has replied and we have noted their answer and now consider the matter to be closed."

Domenicali also believes that his lead driver, Fernando Alonso, deserved the title and that it is now up to Ferrari to improve for 2013.

"Now, it’s down to us to give him and his team-mate Felipe Massa, who was great in the second part of the season, not just in terms of his results, but also as a team player, a better car, especially for qualifying. I’d score Fernando’s season a 10: he is a fantastic driver, who combines his amazing talent with our group of people, protective when he needs to be and pushing in the right direction when things are not going as they should."

"It’s a privilege to have him as part of our team. Yes, it’s now been two out of three times that we have ended up losing the title at the last race and that is hard, like a boxer getting a punch in the guts, but we are reacting and I can tell you that in Maranello, there is a great desire to win a return match. Next year, we want to win and to be the best."

Domenicali rates Ferrari's season as a '7'.

"In the championship that’s just ended, we definitely had the best driver, the best reliability and a level of excellence when it comes to the work on the pit wall and during the pit stops. What was lacking was the car, despite the fact we staged a recovery after the very complicated start."

"We also lacked a bit of luck, especially with the incidents at Spa and Suzuka. That’s why I’d give Ferrari a 7, however, I want to say I am proud, as is President Montezemolo, of the work we have done. Next year, we must try and improve in those areas where we don’t match the best, but at the same time, maintain our strong points."

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