Brazilian GP: No regrets for Ferrari, Alonso hails perfect season
By Berthold Bouman
Ferrari came close to winning this year’s Formula One Drivers’ Championship at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Brazil yesterday. When Sebastian Vettel was forced into a spin by Bruno Senna during the first lap, Ferrari, of course, saw an opportunity and when Felipe Massa helped Alonso to third place, things were looking good for Ferrari.
Although Alonso never gives up, Vettel didn’t give up either yesterday, and finished in sixth place, enough to take the title. Alonso did what he could, but it just wasn’t enough. But the Spaniard feels he wouldn’t have done it any other way, for him it was a perfect season.
“I score this season a 10! If we had to repeat these twenty races I would change nothing done by the team or yours truly: no mistakes, no mechanical problems, zero problems at the pit stops, zero strategic mistakes,” he said. He also thinks he didn’t lose the title at Interlagos, “We definitely did not lose the title today, as that happened in Spa or Suzuka.”
Overall, Alonso is satisfied with the 2012 season, “We might not have finished the season with the most points, but we won many other things, like everyone’s respect and fans and colleagues agree on who was the best this year. I am proud of the job I did and that was also the case last year when I finished fourth and again this time when I fought right to the very end.”
And he is also proud of his Ferrari team, who did everything they could, “I feel happy inside: I worked day after day with the team, which pays me at the end of every month and today, they can be proud of what they’ve done. Once again today we did an impeccable job, finishing on the podium after starting from the fourth row, producing yet another little Sunday miracle.”
Asked what he expects from his team in 2013 he was clear, “That’s easy, a quicker car; but most of all I’d like to see the same effort and professionalism the team displayed when it reacted to our initial difficulties. Even if maybe we didn’t manage to reach the performance level of the best, everyone demonstrated total dedication. I am happy and proud and now’s the time to drink a caipirinha!”
Alonso hails perfect Ferrari season