Domenicali: Not fast enough for regular podiums
14 May 2012 – They may have been bitter rivals ten years ago, when Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were going wheel-to-wheel, but Ferrari was one of the first teams to congratulate Williams as the latter returned to winning ways on Sunday. At the same time, Stefano Domenicali admitted that his team must improve its pace rapidly.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Pastor (Maldonado) for his first Formula 1 win and Williams for returning to winning ways after a break of several years,” said the Ferrari Team Principal. “Yesterday (Saturday), Sir Frank (Williams, team owner) shared with the world of F1 a celebration for his 70th birthday and it seems that someone up there was also aware of it and wanted to give him a present!”
With Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa having finished second and 15th correspondingly, Domenicali also discussed Ferrari’s own Sunday afternoon.
“As from (Monday), we will return to thinking about the development of our car because we are not yet fast enough to fight consistently for a podium finish, which is the only option if we want to be in the hunt for the title,” he confesses.
“The championship is incredibly finely balanced, as can be seen from the fact we have had five different winning teams in as many Grands Prix. Despite all the difficulties we have experienced in this first part of the season, Fernando leads the classification along with the reigning champion: this must be a boost for all our people who work at home and at the track.
“We expect Felipe to react and fight back after this unlucky weekend, starting in Monaco; we absolutely need his points to also fight for the constructors’ title.”
In the mentioned Constructors’ Championship, Ferrari sits fourth; 21 points behind Lotus and now trailing leaders Red Bull by a total of 46.