Alonso: The glass is half full rather than half empty
5 November, 2012
Nov.5 (Reuters) Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso emphasised the positives after Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel dashed the Spaniard’s hopes of retaking the lead in the Formula One Drivers’ Championship points standings at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“Tonight I will go to sleep thinking the glass is half full rather than half empty,” said Alonso after finishing runner-up to 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen’s at the Yas Marina circuit.
Vettel had been sent to the back of the grid on Saturday when it was discovered that his car had too little fuel in it to satisfy post-qualifying tests.
The German would have qualified third, ahead of Alonso who was promoted from seventh to sixth on the grid with a chance of a maximum points haul.
“It’s true that with Sebastian last there was an opportunity to reduce the gap more significantly,” said Alonso.
Alonso recognised thatFerrari had no quick fix for their performance gap with the champions who look sure to wrap up the FIA Constructors’ title in Austin in two weeks’ time.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali agreed that there would be a tough battle ahead.
“The important thing is we have reduced the gap in the drivers’ classification in a grand prix that was particularly difficult because not only did our performance level not match that of our closest rivals but it was actually worse than that of other teams,” he said.
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