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Stefano Domenicali has taken some consolation from Ferrari's 'damage limitation' in the opening four races of the 2012 season, despite the fact that its F2012 chassis is lacking outright pace. Although he admits that the squad cannot be pleased with the fundamental performance of its challenger, a victory in Malaysia and a handful of further points finishes has left the iconic marque fourth in the Constructors' battle.
"A first cycle of four races came to an end yesterday and so we can make a very early first assessment," Domenicali told the official Ferrari website. "Clearly we cannot be happy with the way our season began but, after the winter tests, we knew the first four races would be very tough.
"We managed to limit the damage, especially in the Drivers’ championship, in which Fernando Alonso is fifth, just ten points off the leader. However, it is equally clear that now we must step up a gear, right from the next race. Our engineers are well aware of this and are working day and night to give our drivers a much more competitive car than we have seen on track in these first four races."
Domenicali went on to talk about a 'day and night' effort at the team's Maranello factory, with improvements being targeted in every area of its Formula 1 operation.
"We are intensifying the process of changing our working procedures in all areas and, at the same time, we are strengthening our efforts in areas where we are weakest, such as aerodynamics," he added. "It’s a long term project and one that President Montezemolo is studying at first hand and it is vital to the future of the Scuderia.
"Formula 1 has changed so much these past few years and we have not always been up to speed with these changes. In this area too we need to step up a gear."
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