Have Ferrari thrown in the towel and conceded defeat in the title effort?

Ferrari mechanics in action

Ferrari mechanics

Ferrari have all but thrown in the towel in the Formula 1 title challenge. After the latest demonstration of strength by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, the Maranello squad is now apparently devoting all efforts towards developing a competitive car for the next season.

Vettel’s latest win Sunday in Singapore, a massive 32 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, saw him increase his championship lead to 60 points en route to a fourth world title, with six races left.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said Monday that Ferrari will still aim to be ready to take advantage of any mishap by Vettel, but that their focus is now fully shifting to 2014, which will see several major changes including a V6 turbo engine in place of the current V8 model.

Fernando Alonso after the Singapore GP

Fernando Alonso after the Singapore GP

“Now it’s clear that 99 per cent of our energies will be concentrated on the 2014 project, as complicated as it is important,” Domenicali told the Ferrari website.

“Ahead of the summer break we were striving hard for a performance gain in Singapore, on a track with characteristics that are particularly unsuitable for our car. Instead we lost even more ground, despite the fact that the F138 has improved in certain ways.

“We still have some new parts for the car that we will bring to the coming races but, above all, we will now try to make the most out of what we already have.”

Acknowledging the superiority of Red Bull and Vettel, Domenicali called for an improved effort from everyone involved at Ferrari next year when Kimi Raikkonen, the last man to win the title for them (in 2007) joins Alonso in place of Felipe Massa.

The Ferrari F138 was not up to the task this season

The Ferrari F138 was not up to the task this season

“I don’t think for a minute that the people we have are less capable than those working in other teams, indeed I’m convinced of the opposite. But it’s a fact that the others have worked better than us and this must work as an incentive for us,” he said.

Domenicali also criticised those who booed Vettel again at the victory ceremony Sunday, which has become an issue in latest races. It has been suggested that they are Ferrari fans disgruntled by Vettel’s regular victories.

“I wasn’t happy to hear that Vettel was booed [on] 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,” he said. (Reuters)

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  • fools

    I think they have…which is allowing Alonso to drive the way he is. He Alonso is much stronger this year then was last yr. The RB car is just that much better this season. No doubt there. Ferrari need to turn it up mang…No more excuses. You have the best drivers in 2014.

  • Junior_Johnson

    Well not really fool coz Alonso is reely fast one of the best but Massa is not reely that good they say because he hit his head in 2009

  • nealio

    Alonso must be hard as nails. Ferrari brought a raft of update to Singapore and as Domenicali admitted the car lost pace! If this is the best that the engineers in Modena can do it certainly doesn’t bode well for next year. I feel that the fans are really booing the awful performance of the Ferrari technical staff which is preventing any challenge to Vettel/Red Bull dominance by Alonso! Ferrari has been in a downward spiral since 2006 and the “housecleaning” of Todt’s superteam has led to one poor racecar after another coming from Ferrari. We can only hope that the engineers Ferrari have hired away from Lotus can breath some creativity into next year’s car. Here is my personal BOO to Ferrari for wasting Alonso and Massa’s talents these past four years!

  • Forza Ferrari

    @nealio
    What the hell are you talking about? Domenicali didn’t say that the car has lost pace, he said that they have improved a lot but Red Bull has improved even more. Read the article again!

    Every team goes through these ups and downs in F1. Look where Mclaren and Williams are now. At least Ferrari has consistently been the 2nd best team. The funny thing is that if Ferrari would still be dominating F1 like in 2004 then you morons would be complaining about Ferrari dominating all the time…pfff pathetic!

    Here is my personal BOO to you and your ignorant comment!

  • otiva

    its all Alonso’s fault. LOL
    If it wasn’t for him & his talent, Ferrari would have been forced to improve their car by having better engineers & mechanics on board. One hand doesn’t clap. You need a fast car & similar level of Alonso’s driving. Massa performance is the true Ferrari performance level at the moment.

  • Ukwhite

    As long Alonso stays with Ferrari, slim chances. Ferari non-performance roots are in management and engineering, they need to work better than RB, unfortunatelly Mercedes as well, these guys look strong.

  • the fan

    concede or not, its over for this year already. no matter how alonso give good starts despite the bad qualifying and their race pace is very good, RB will always be ahead. the fact that alonso is finishing 2nd the past couple of races shows that they are at their best already. its just that RB is light years ahead of them, combined with the skills of Seb. 2nd is the best Ferrari can do this year.