Alonso: We’re not fighting Vettel and Webber, but Newey and his car 28 October, 2012 Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber celebrate on the podium after the Indian GP Oct.28 (GMM) World Formula One Drivers’ Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has hit back at championship rival Fernando Alonso’s claim that the Ferrari driver is really fighting against Red Bull‘s renowned designer Adrian Newey. Watching his title hopes slip further under the wheels of Vettel’s dominance in India, Ferrari’s Alonso said after qualifying: “When we had similar cars to everyone, we were leading the championship. “Now we are fighting against a Newey car,” he added, in English. “They are first and second all the time; it’s not only Sebastian.” Alonso’s comments were not just a momentary slip of frustration. He is also quoted in Italian: “If you want to win the championship you need to have the same resources as your competitors. We had them before and were at the top, but now we don’t and we are behind.” And in the Spanish media, Alonso is quoted as saying: “Yes, Vettel is not a bad driver, but at the last race his teammate [Webber] had the pole. Sebastian is a double world champion, but he has a car that is first regardless.” When asked about Alonso’s comments, championship leader and India pole-sitter Vettel said F1 is a “competition amongst teams and all of their members”. “So I don’t think that this would be a fair statement towards any team member,” he told F1’s official website. Alonso, meanwhile, sounded defiant when he said he remains “100 per cent sure” he will be champion late next month. But he also admitted when contemplating Sunday’s race: “If they [the Red Bulls] start well, go away and have an easy race, that’s the worst news for us.” On a visit to India, Spanish king Juan Carlos I responded to Vettel’s dominance with humour, predicting that for Alonso “to win, we need only to put some thumbtacks under Vettel’s car”. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsIndia targeting 2016 grand prix returnIndia targeting grand prix return by 2017Indian GP problems money related says EcclestoneIndian GP organisers seek meeting to pursue 2015 returnNo Indian GP return in 2015 as Baku street race set to happenLaw change paves road for India GP returnFIA crazy to penalise Vettel donuts says HamiltonRed Bull: The India donuts were good for the sport and the penalty was a shameLotus apologises after telling Kimi to get out of the f*cking wayHard worker Vettel helped mechanics pack up garage after fourth title win javalocco Is it Newey alone who make Red Bull great ? He must remember newey is on the other team when schumi clinch his five consecutive champions.. And I heard he wants Newey work for Ferrari and design his car. Funny,… he make his Ferrari designer feel bad, and so his team,… nobody want to work for this super fast driver. javalocco Fast to say other drivers slow and fast to blame his own team. Alonso_is_slow what a disrespectful bastard I guess Alonso’s titles were due not to his driving then but due to Michelin tyres and lots of luck – I remember engine fail for Schumi in Suzuka and also Raikkonens several breakdowns in 2005. Without it Alosno would hold still zero titles. I also remember Raikkonen not fighting against Alonso’s Mclaern in 2007 but against Hamilton’s, as Alonso was a complete fail. Alosno is really a Villeneuve type egoistic idiot..No need for such persons in F1. Alonso_is_slow Schumi won 7 titles beating Newey’s car. This is what Alonso just cannot do…. Mark Yeah alonso, yeah… everyone is slow except you, ferrari as a team doesnt work except you. Seriously? If Alonso is driving only vs Newey’s car, why was he btching and baby crying against Vettel in Monza when Vettel blocked him? I mean, it was the car who blocked him, not Vettel, right? Fkn jealous of Vettel and Webber, they as a team with Red Bull have developed a great car, very different than him, always winging and crying about Ferrari. edd some of this article may have been taken out of context… it reads a bit different in other sources. Disgusted with 2012 Alonso is just frustrated with Vettel’s unrelenting capacity to win and driver is whacking all of Alonso’s coveted records. Hamiton has made similar comments. They both act like Vettel is but a mediocre driver who lucked into a magic carpet ride. Of course, Alonso’s titles were won in a car just as exceptional in its day, as was Schumacher’s run, as was every other WDC champion in history. Great car + excellent driver = WDC. Alonso acts like he is being beaten unfairly to a championship he is entitled to. If he wins, fantastic, he and Ferrari will have earned it. If he loses, then he and Ferrari earned that from missing the mark. But underestimating Vettel now and into the future is a serious mistake. He’s growing up into an exceptional driver to be contended with, like it or not. jl . This article proof the different between schumacher and alonso about team. fools haters need to smoke the crack pipe again… :)and what Alonso is saying is completely true. Vettel cannot drive like Alonso coming from 5th taking down to McLaren’s and hunting down RB Webber. Alonso is the best…Charlie Whiting, Will Buxton all agree that Alonso deserves the 2012 WDC. Vettel and Red Bull are so lucky Alonso didnt qualify better then 5th… I like the aggressive and strategy approach Ferrari took. They need to continue this to take out Vettel and RB. Hopefully Alonso can qualify just a bit better. Alonso for 2012 WDC!!!! fools Alonso is slow…when will you leave this site. You are a an ignorant person. PLease smoke some more crack and so us all a favor. That or go buy an Alonso fat head poster and go kiss it all day. lol fools @Disgusted with 2012 You no nothing mate. Stop talking like you know. You should be praising Alonso like every other person on the grid was. He drove fantastically to keep the WDC alive for himself. I dont care what fan you are…How Alonso drove was superb…And if you dont agree. Yo know nothing about F1 and ho difficult it was for him to do all that. You haters need to stp commenting here and not comment at all. Real F1 fans wouldn’t bitch about how Alonso drove or said. He did everything he had to do and what only his car can extract.I respect Vettel, he drove well…but no challenge…put Alonso on behind him and he aint got nothing…check 2012 Monza again, where he gets pushed off then comes back from the dirt and torches him. The team and Alonso did very well. They responded very well. You fake F1 fans no nothing. Just good at hating other achievements. I Speedo It is a definite fact what Alonso said. He an Lewis are not fighting Vettel, they are fighting Adrian Newey. It s not only Vettel who s front of the Ferrari and the McLaren drivers, it is also Webber. If not for the problem with KERS I am sure Webber would have been 2nd on the podium, a Red Bull one-two as as is happening now. Therefore it proves whoever is in the Red Bull is going to win. How many F1 fans can name the designer of all the teams, other than Adrian Newey. Newey is famous for coming up trumps with his race winning design and he has tweaked the RB’s and they are untouchable – will be so till the end of the season. Great drive by Alonso to get ahead of the McLarens and take the fight to the Red Bulls. Anthony “You no nothing mate. Stop talking like you know… You fake F1 fans no nothing. Just good at hating other achievements.” -Fools (While defending Alonso) “They are first and second all the time; it’s not only Sebastian.” -Alonso “Sebastian is a double world champion, but he has a car that is first regardless.” -Alonso Hawk @java.. at the time of Schumi’s dominance, – Newey did not have the biggest budget, Schumi had – less experince maybe – he was not technical chief – he is best at pushing the envelope.. the regulations at the time were more open (less stringent) and stable javalocco this are some some points. – Well,… Williams 90’s and Mclaren do not have big budget? – Less experience? ow,… come on. Senna want to move to williams to drive Newey’s car! – Not a technical chief but play main role! – envelope can be doubt! But my main point is about the character, until now it is only Schumi (and Vettel since Schumi is his mentor) who never or may be rarely blame his team for the failure. Even javalocco Even for the failure Merc, schumi not point his finger to Merc and Brawn. He is the only driver who believe to the bones that F1 is about team work, he just the main team player. He build his team for his dominance, not about driving. Look at Alonso (and you may look Senna, Villeneuve,…. they are super angry when they got slow dogs to drive). O yeah,.. when I get some precious brain, of course I choose to work with a man who saw my creation as an art and appreciate it,not saw it’s only tools to drive.