Fernando Alonso insists Ferrari can be proud of their season despite title failure
Defeated Spaniard says Ferrari's season still a good one
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 26/11/12 12:08pm
A gracious Fernando Alonso has congratulated Sebastian Vettel after narrowly losing out on the 2012 title to his Red Bull rival.
An ashen-faced Alonso had appeared understandably crestfallen after climbing out of his F2012 after the end of one of the most dramatic races in the sport's history and the epic conclusion of a gripping title battle ultimately won by the German by just three points.
Yet as Vettel spoke to Sky Sports F1 in the media pen, the Spaniard was quick to offer him a warm embrace before reflecting on his own third title near-miss in the last five years.
"First of all, I'm very proud of my team and very proud of the season we did," he said.
"I score this season a ten. 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.
"I don't think we lost the championship here in Brazil but in some of the races where we were a little bit unlucky.
"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.
"But when you do something with all your heart and 100% then you have to be proud.
"We proved that even with a car that was a little bit slower than the others we can win the championship. With a car that was the same as the others then I think we can win a few races before the end. It's been a good season for us."
It is, however, a season which has ended with the Scuderia unable to prevent Red Bull claiming their third successive pair of titles and plenty of questions being asked about Ferrari's design and development processes.
"There are lots of things that, with the benefit of hindsight, we would have done differently," Technical Director Pat Fry conceded when interviewed by Sky F1's Ted Kravitz.
"We did the best we could, but we need to build a quicker car for next year. The people at the factory are already focusing on next season's car and have been for several months already. We need to learn from the mistakes we made at the start of the year."