• Ferrari were right to cover Mark Webber, says Spaniard
• Russian Vitaly Petrov ‘drove well’ admits Ferrari driver
Fernando Alonso refused to criticised his Ferrari team or Renault’s Vitaly Petrov after he missed out on the world championship on Sunday.
Alonso could only finish in seventh place in Abu Dhabi, allowing the race winner Sebastian Vettel to take the drivers’ title by a four-point margin.
“It was a tough race, really difficult,” said Alonso after the race at the Yas Marina circuit.
“I lost one position at the start and then we saw problems with the soft tyres and we tried to cover for [Mark] Webber.
“It was a choice between [covering for] Webber and [Niko] Rosberg and we covered for Webber. This is a sport, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
“[I have] no complaints about strategy. After the race it’s always easy to see the best strategy. It was a very difficult call I think.”
The Spaniard also had no complaints with the performance of Petrov, despite failing to get past the Renault driver for 40 laps, and appearing to gesture to the Russian driver after climbing out of his car following the end of the race.
“I tried to pass him once and he tried to protect [himself] and was very aggressive and he drove well without mistakes,” added Alonso. “We will try again next year.”