Domenicali not getting carried away
16 April 2013 – Following Ferrari's first victory of the season in Shanghai, Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Italian acknowledging that the higher temperatures and abrasive surface of the Sakhir circuit may lead to more issues with tyre degradation.
Although Fernando Alonso claimed a commanding victory in last Sunday’s race, team-mate Felipe Massa struggled in the middle-phase with tyre graining, and Domenicali is wary that a poor qualifying will adversely affect race strategy.
"It was a great weekend for us, the team did extremely well," said Domenicali. "Fernando drove an extraordinary race and I am just sorry for Felipe who was robbed of the chance to finish nearer the front, because of an issue with tyre graining.
Although remaining cautious about the chance for back-to-back victories, the Italian admitted that the win in China gives the team good reason to be confident for the forthcoming races.
"The result is definitely a nice boost as we prepare to start again in just a couple of days in Bahrain," he added. "We need to knuckle down to work to ensure we are well prepared and keep the momentum we found in Shanghai running all the way through this Bahrain weekend."
Ferrari have a good record at the Sakhir circuit, with the Maranello-based squad recording four victories in the nine occasions that F1 has visited the Gulf State.