Fernando Alonso: Ferrari can't keep relying on rivals' errors
Wednesday 26 September 2012
With his lead in the Formula One standings dwindling, and defending champion Sebastian Vettel looming, Fernando Alonso has urged his Ferrari team to step up their efforts if they are to win the world title.
Alonso finished a creditable third in the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend, while his nearest championship challenger, Lewis Hamilton, retired early with a malfunctioning gearbox in his McLaren. However, the Spaniard has gone four races without taking the checkered flag and, with Red Bull's Vettel winning the Marina Bay night race, another formidable challenger has replaced Hamilton in second place in the drivers' standings.
"In the end, it went well but we definitely can't go on like this," said Alonso, whose lead is 29 points.
"It can't always be the case that my closest rival retires, as has happened in the last two races, and we can't think of carrying on to the end of the season with qualifying sessions like last Saturday, when our performance was almost a second off the best."
Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal, agreed that improvement was necessary, particularly given the nature of the tracks in the remaining six races, with South Korea and Abu Dhabi requiring similar car set-ups.
"Clearly we need to make a step forward in terms of performance, because we cannot rely purely on the misfortune of others," Domenicali said. "Having said that, we must not overreact as it's better to bring in a few updates that work, rather than bring in too many. This is the area where we need to improve and it will be one of our priorities."
My one and only game for Neil Baldwin FC
Laura Trott and Jason Kenny announce engagement
Jose Mourinho says Chelsea deserve to be setting pace going into Christmas fixtures
Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview: Alan Pardew targets rare Old Trafford win to halt Newcastle slump
Arsenal vs QPR: Leroy Fer seeks perfect present for Boxing Day
- 1 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Vagina canoe artist facing two years in jail defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader