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Domenicali rues painful defeat

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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has spoken of his disappointment after watching Fernando Alonso lose the drivers' world title on Sunday.

In light of Sebastian Vettel winning the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi, Alonso needed only a fourth-placed finish in the race, but a poor strategy resulted in the Spaniard finishing seventh and handing the title to Vettel.

After extending his congratulations to Vettel, who at 23 became the youngest ever Formula One champion, Domenicali lamented the painful defeat and bungled strategy.

"First of all I want to congratulate Vettel with his title because I think it is important in this sport to recognise," he said.

"What I feel inside is for sure a lot of pain because when you arrive there and see you can do it, you feel very painful."

"For sure it was the worst race of the year for us, so that is why it hits you very strong in your head."

And while extending his sympathy to two-time world champion Alonso, Domenicali tipped Ferrari to come back stronger in 2011.

"After this moment the only thing you can do is try to disconnect, breathe a lot and recover the batteries to push the people to do a better job next year because we have all the elements to do it," Domenicali said.

"We know that we can count on a group of people who have grown and need to grow again, and this is something I would like to say to Fernando - because he did a fantastic season. He always pushed the people to work, he never gave up and I feel sorry also for him, this is true."

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