Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali acknowledged it is vital that the team finally produces a championship-winning car next year, regardless of the impact it could have on Fernando Alonso’s Formula 1 future.
Alonso proved his qualities again this season after clinching second place in the drivers’ championship despite having what was essentially the fourth quickest car. Following mid-season frustrations from Alonso that the team’s performance had fallen away over the campaign, there was intense speculation about his future, with McLaren in particular interested in luring him at one stage. Alonso is likely to be targeted by rivals for 2015, especially if Ferrari’s performances under the new F1 regulations are not up to scratch.
“For me, it is vital that we deliver a good car for all of us,” said Domenicali. “His [Alonso’s] frustration is our frustration ” if you are not able to give a good car or a fast enough car to a driver who is always fighting like hell up to the right moment.
“It is very important that we focus on how we develop the car in the future. That is a priority I would say.”
Domenicali said he had no doubts about the brilliance of Alonso again this season as he will again finish second behind Vettel in the standings.
“It is a great achievement because being assured of second with the problems we had during the season, above all in the second part of it, means he did a great job,” Domenicali noted. “This is a point of starting again. After so many years of being second it is the right moment to move up a position.”