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Domenicali stokes fire before Brazil

ESPNF1 Staff
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Stefano Domenicali has stoked up the war of words between Ferrari and Red Bull © Getty Images

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali added a little extra spice to proceedings on the lead up to the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend by hitting back at claims from Christian Horner that the Italian team winning the championship would be 'frustrating'.

Horner's comment was a reference to events at the German Grand Prix when Felipe Massa was ordered to let Fernando Alonso past in an illegal breach of team orders that earned Ferrari a $100,000 fine.

"It would be frustrating because we've obviously worked under the auspices that team orders have been illegal," Horner told BBC radio.

But Domenicali hit back on Wednesday, saying that Red Bull should have already wrapped up the title by now with their superior machinery.

"When you consider the car Red Bull have had this year, in my eyes it's a miracle that we are fighting for this title at all," Domenicali told German news agency SID. "If we had that advantage, the championship would be decided already."

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh refused to be drawn into such a war of words between the teams, preferring instead to hail a great championship season.

"It may well be that other teams have a different view on that but at the end of the day Red Bull have produced a fast car and have been highly competitive all year and Ferrari, you've got to give them credit regardless of the team orders debate and all those other things," said Whitmarsh.