Ferrari looking to build on 'positive' start
20 March 2013 – Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has praised his outfit's start to the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, explaining that a 'positive' result at the opening race in Melbourne has provided a strong platform to build on for the rest of the year.
With Fernando Alonso claiming second place after challenging for the victory, Domenicali was also able to draw confidence from Felipe Massa's showing. The Brazilian held the advantage over his team-mate in the early stages of the race and ultimately finished fourth, leading to Ferrari's Constructors' standings advantage.
"The first Grand Prix weekend of the season in Australia was a positive one for us as we had previously stated that our objective was to finish on the podium and that target was achieved," Domenicali commented after Melbourne. "It was important to see both our drivers deliver strong performances, as it provides a great basis on which we can build a competitive season and I’m pleased for both of them.
"Seeing Ferrari heading the Constructors’ Championship is a great reward for the people who have been working so hard, both here at the track and back home in Maranello."
Looking ahead to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Domenicali remained cautious about the F138's capabilities in the increased heat and humidity.
"Sepang is a very different track," he added. "We need to wait and see how our car will behave in what is a totally different environment: the track will make different demands on the cars. With a change in track surface and the unique weather conditions, very hot and humid, it will also impact on everyone’s performance this weekend."