Ferrari breaks F1 curfew
LAST-DITCH EFFORT: Ferrari has three races left to provide Fernando Alonso with the best chance possible to claim the 2012 championship.
Author: ALAN BALDWIN
ABU DHABI, UAE - Ferrari broke a Formula 1 curfew ahead of the Abu Dhabi GP to help Fernando Alonso in his title battle with Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
F1 technical delegate Jo Bauer reported that the Italian team had used one of its four allowed exceptions.
He said Ferrari mechanics had been "within the confines of the circuit during the six-hour period which commenced at 4am".
'WE NEED MORE TIME'
Abu Dhabi is round 18 of the 20-race 2012 season and Alonso is 13 points behind Vettel, winner of the previous four GPs. The race is the only one on the calendar to run from daylight into the night and the late start means the curfew at Yas Marina runs from 4am to 10am local.
Alonso will take part in first practice later after telling reporters that he would need three perfect weekends to overhaul his rival and expected everyone in the team to play their part.
"We need to find extra time from every single person in the team," he said, "every mechanic, engineer, driver, pit stop, whatever."
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