Domenicali delighted with Massa performance
9 July 2012 – Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has heaped praise on Felipe Massa for his confident fourth place finish at Silverstone, taking many positives from the fact that the Brazilian was in the running for a podium all race long. The Grand Prix marked the Italian team's biggest points haul of the season so far, with a large total of 30 picked up by the aforementioned Massa and second place man Fernando Alonso.
"We have picked up thirty very big points here at Silverstone," Domenicali explained. "Once again, Fernando drove a great race, for the umpteenth time this season and has gained points over the majority of his nearest rivals, but let me tell you that I am particularly happy with the display put on by Felipe, who was in the fight for pole yesterday and for the podium, right down to the last, today.
"It is a nice result for him, which is important for us in terms of the Constructors’ championship, where thanks to the biggest points haul of the year, we have managed to move up to second place."
Domenicali also believes that Ferrari has raised its game to be on 'the same level' as Red Bull, the team which he believes is currently the benchmark for everyone.
"We were at the same level as the team everyone reckons is currently the best and be sure, it definitely is," he added of the current Formula 1 pecking order. "And we also held our own against some very strong competition from other rivals.
"Certainly, there is much more to do to improve the car, especially in terms of top speed, where we are still suffering. We now come to a pair of back to back races in Hockenheim and Budapest, for which we will try and improve our performance level still further: that will be our primary goal over the next few days."