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GP Week : Issue 170
32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SUZUKA Fernando Alonso has urged Ferrari to speed-up development of its 2012 challenger after retiring from Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, describing the final five races of the year as a “mini-championship”. A slight touch from Kimi Raikkonen at the entry to Turn 1 on the opening lap caused Alonso to spin out of the race with a puncture. The 25 points Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel received for victory means the lead Alonso had going into Japan has been significantly reduced to just four points. With that in mind, the Spaniard is keen for Ferrari to be aggressive with development of the F2012 for what he describes as a “mini-championship, run over five races.” “Today, we were very unlucky: to finish a race like this, at the very first corner is really a shame,” said Alonso. “Unfortunately, when you start in the middle of the pack, these things can happen because, apart from the performance of the car – and ours is usually better on Sunday – circumstance can count for a lot. “We must work a lot on the development of the car: I’m not worried, but we must react to the step for ward that the other competitors have made. Now we start a sort of mini- championship, run over five grands prix. He added: “The aim will be to score at least one point more than everyone else. What happened to us today could happen to the others next time: the wheel turns and that is what races are all about.” ALONSO PREPARING FOR “MINI-CHAMPIONSHIP”