Ferrari 'need at least one more win'
Domenicali says another win between now and Brazil a must for Alonso's title hopes
Last Updated: 05/10/12 9:59am
Stefano Domenicali believes it is imperative that Fernando Alonso wins at least one of the remaining six races if the Spaniard is to secure the world title.
Alonso may have topped the Drivers' World Championship since his victory in the European GP in late June but the Spaniard has not led a lap of a race since his last win in Germany five races ago, with only a combination of his consistent points-scoring and the reliability problems experienced by his rivals maintaining his points lead at more than the equivalent of a race victory
But with both McLaren and Red Bull beginning to look more dominant than ever, and seemingly set to prove the teams to beat again at Suzuka this weekend judging by Friday practice, Domenicali has made clear that Ferrari must do all they can to bring a steady stream to developments to the F2012, with the aim of winning at least one more race between now and Brazil.
"The plan is to try to push as much as we can, try to bring new developments every race. But it's not easy," the Ferrari Team Principal said.
"So the guarantees [are the] effort of the teams to work very hard, more than that are just pure words and that doesn't help the situation.
"So I think the situation for the championship is very clear: if you're not able to improve the car than it's more difficult to be able to fight for the championship because we cannot reply on the problems of the others.
"That's a fact, but that doesn't mean we are not pushing very hard as possible, but it is a consideration.
"We can't rely on only being third, fourth or whatever it is. We need to make sure we at least win a race then we will see what will be the situation with the others."
After playing himself in slowly in Friday's first practice session in Japan, Alonso proved more competitive in the day's later running but still ended 0.6s off the pace of his main rivals.
Domenicali acknowledges that McLaren and Red Bull again look strong, but said he wouldn't be writing off Ferrari's chances of challenging yet.
"As always on Friday it's very difficult to have a clear picture because you never know what the others are doing. For sure we know what we did," the Italian added.
"It is a little bit too premature to say after today we will struggle this weekend. For sure we have seen as normal we have competitors that are very strong, but this is nothing new.
"This is the picture just one hour after the end of free practice two so we have to analyse what the others are doing. So I don't want to say anything different tomorrow, so I'm a little bit cautious."