Domenicali: Brazil won’t decide the championship

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said that next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix is unlikely to decide the drivers’ championship.

Domenicali’s star driver Fernando Alonso leads the standings as the teams and drivers travel to Sao Paulo, and indeed can take the title mathematically, but the Italian refused to make any bold claims about Alonso’s chances.

“It [Brazil] is unlikely to decide the outcome, but it will be a very important race. If one were to lose valuable points here it would make Abu Dhabi a bigger call,” Domenicali is quoted as saying by Autosport.

“The approach the team will adopt in these final weeks of the championship will be the right one, keeping in mind the strengths of our rivals, Red Bull and McLaren. We have seen how complicated the races have been throughout the season, which means we have to be very careful.

“As far as the F10 is concerned, there will be a few small updates on the aerodynamic front, but nothing really significant, because the difference will come from reliability, from finishing the races without losing points and having the right mindset.

“However, I think the F10 can be competitive in Brazil and that, for better or for worse, the relative strengths are those we have seen in the last few races. We can expect to find that Red Bull is again very strong, while McLaren could have some more updates to be quicker still and we will be in the fight.”