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Ferrari team boss Jean Todt says there is still hope of beating Renault as the championship enters the second half of the season and Ferrari is 34 points behind in the constructors' championship and Schuamcher is 25 points adrift in the drivers' battle.
"We still have nine races to go and numbers are still allowing us to think that we can achieve what we want to achieve," Todt said. "We are still fighting, still fighting and hoping that we can still win races and pretend to improve our position in the championship. If we can reverse the trend, we will try to win the championship. I still believe there is a chance."
Asked if there are chassis or engine developments coming which may give Ferrari an advantage over Renault, Todt replied "we know roughly what is coming for us, but we don't know what is coming for the others, so it's during the course of the race weekend that we have an understanding. When you do seven hundred kilometres a day in private testing it's because you have something to test which is due to improve the performance of the car." Todt admitted that Ferrari haven't actually accelerated the rhythm of development? "We do what we can do," he answered.
McLaren have improved over the last two or three races which could prove to be a double-edged sword in Ferrari's fight for the championship. "It all depends on where they will finish," says Todt. "If they finish between Renault and us, it's no good. If we are in front and they finish in front of Renault it will be good for us. I would say that at the moment McLaren is behind us. It doesn't mean that they are not strong, they are strong and from one race to another, it's such a little difference in lap time that you cannot predict in which order it will be."
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