Domenicali: I’m sure Sebastian didn’t intend to jeopardise Fernando’s race

Sebastian Vettel delante de Fernando Alonso (ES) Ferrari F2012, en el  G.P. de Italial, en la decimotercera  prueba del mundial, en el circuito de Monza,  el domingo 9 de septiembre de 2012.   *** Local Caption *** RUBIO

Sebastian Vettel battles Fernando Alonso

Sep.12 (Ferrari) There is barely time to draw breath in this very busy season of Formula One, the longest in the history of the sport and the team is already at work preparing to the minutest detail for the next round, in Singapore.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari and Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Practice, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday 20 July 2012.After Monza, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo had a long meeting with Team Principal Stefano Domenicali both to take stock of the immediate future – the final leg in the championship – and to discuss the mid-term, examining the Scuderia’s plans for development and moving forward on all fronts.

For Scuderia Ferrari the weekend of the Italian Grand Prix was like a rollercoaster ride. It was a relentless flow of emotions, difficulties, disappointments, hopes and, in the end, satisfaction with a team result that was the best of the day.

There was also satisfaction regarding the situation in the two championships that on one side – the drivers, has returned more or less to how it was ahead of the summer break (but with two more grands prix completed) and on the other – the constructors, has been completely opened up again thanks above all to Red Bull’s failure to score and the reliability problems that affected other title contenders.

Fernando Alonso Ferrari Monza Italian Grand Prix podiumIt was in fact the duel with one of the Red Bulls, that of Sebastian Vettel, that led to one of the most crucial moments of Fernando’s race yesterday afternoon.

Domenicali said, “It was a hard battle and I believe the Stewards’ decision was right, above all given the clarification that was given out by the FIA after the last Bahrain Grand Prix. I’m also sure that Sebastian didn’t have any intention of jeopardising Fernando’s race: the German is a driver who is firm but fair.”

The chief of the Maranello team continued: “This will be a very intense week because there will also be action on track at Magny-Cours, where there is a young drivers’ test going on. For us there will be Jules Bianchi and Davide Rigon, who will take turns at the wheel of the F2012. One of the priorities of the test will be to fine-tune the correlation between the simulator and the track, a crucial aspect of modern-day Formula One.”

While the sound of the V8s returns to France for the first time in more than four years, the work will continue unabated in the simulator and on the test benches at Maranello.

One man who will be getting used to the surroundings inside the Sporting Department tomorrow will be Sergio Perez, who will be making a visit to Maranello in accordance with an appointment that has been planned for months as part of his programme of work as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. Then on Thursday and Friday it will be Felipe Massa’s turn to proceed with the ‘virtual’ development work on the F2012.

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  • javalocco

    stewards decision for vetteel is fair. any comment for copycat case 2011? whatever the excuse, it’s totally clear the same move, the same track.

  • Xav

    Yes, one comment:

    After the incidents in the Bahrain Grand Prix a recent clarification meant the two incidents were judged differently.

    After what happened in Bahrain there was a clarification from race control that the driver in front has to leave space if there is a part of the car that’s approaching that is already beside the car. So technically speaking, it was exactly what is written in the regulation.

    That rule wasn’t there on 2011.

  • Disgusted with 2012

    When you view the two passes (2011/2012) side by side, you see that Alonso blew it, causing his own off. ’11 – Vettel initiated his pass earlier and more smoothly, coming alongside Alonso as they entered the corner. ’12 – Alonso initiated his move later and more abruptly, coming along side almost exactly at the point where both cars would be widest in the corner exit. This means that both cars were accelerating hard at that moment, so the idea that Vettel could just scootch over and leave more room is absurd. These cars do not have a reserve of grip and maneuverability to be tapped at will. They are driven at the limit most on corner exits and in braking zones. Alonso made a bad pass and the stewards were wrong in the penalty ruling by failing to recognize the dynamics of the situation, clarification or not.

  • hillside

    Alonso should known better. Seb put the bait and he bite it.

  • McLaren Fan

    Seb was completely in the wrong, Alonso gave him enough room in 2011 he had no need to go off the track. Even after the race Vettel was asking Alonso if he saw him and in the end Vettel said so that’s how it is going to be.
    Vettel left Alonso no room and that was the point Vettel took Alonso to the line and beyond. Clear to be seen on every replay.

  • fools

    I agree with McLaren fan.

    And to add to that…Vettel knew Alonso had better straight line speed because when Vettel ran off Alonso..whilst creating damage at that speed being ran off to dirt, he Alonso still surpassed Vettel like cake. Vettel was no where near Alonso’s pace and Vettel started with a better grid position. Alonso made a huge push and came from 10th to 6th spot within the 1st lap!

    Talk about a beast!

  • F1 fanatic

    The major problem is consistency. If you’re going to penalise one and not the other then the message you’re sending is not good for the sport despite what anyone else thinks. Things like these hurt the sports popularity & viewership.

  • Xav

    @F1 Fanatic
    Rule in 2011 was different than rule in 2012. That´s why Vettel received the drive through. It´s like trying to compare a soccer goalkeeper if it´s allowed to pick up a ball whit his hands when receiving a pass from another player of his own team. Today it´s a fault. Some years ago that was completely legal.

    In 2011 it was legal to push a driver out of track. After Bahrain 2012 it´s not legal any more. And it´s a great new rule from the driver safety point of view. So the new rules are trying to do F1 safer and also less difficult for the drivers to surpass. Yo know…. the spectacle.

    Spectators need to be more involved in the sport´s rules.