Ferrari: We must not relax for a second
25 June 2012 – Fernando Alonso became the first driver to win two 2012 races in the European Grand Prix, as Ferrari became the second team to do so. Although Fernando Alonso is back into the lead of the championship, team Technical Director Pat Fry remains cautious.
“We profited from the reliability problems of others, but that’s part of the game and it’s a reminder of how important it is to ensure that the cars are sufficiently robust and not just fast,” says the ex McLaren man, referring to the demises of Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean. “Fernando was fantastic - aggressive when he had to attack in the opening moments and very clever in managing every stage of the race.”
Notwithstanding the unexpected victory, Fry stresses that the title remains a long way off.
“We must improve our performance because this weekend the Red Bull showed it had made quite a step forward again and we aren’t where we want to be, meaning ahead of everyone,” he continues. “We have more developments coming, but we are perfectly aware that our competitors won’t be twiddling their thumbs…we are facing three races in four weeks and we must not relax, not even for a second.”
Felipe Massa was less fortunate, hit by the wayward Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi as the pair exited the swing bridge; the Japanese was penalised for the incident.