Ferrari: Vital to start making up ground
13 June 2013 – Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali believes it is ‘vital’ for the Scuderia to start ‘making up ground’ and he is eager for the squad to put together a ‘string of useful results’ over the coming months.
Fernando Alonso finished second in the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend, but while that result was welcome - especially given he qualified in sixth position - with Sebastian Vettel notching up his third win of the year, the Spaniard slipped further behind in the race for the 2013 Drivers’ title and now lies 36 points adrift.
Similarly, in the Constructor’s Championship, the Maranello-based outfit also saw the gap widen to the leaders, Red Bull Racing, and the two are now split by 56 points. It is situation, Domenicali knows must be reversed.
“We have completed the first seven races of the 2013 season and we are in the fight for both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles. [But] now we move into a phase were it will be vital to make up the ground we have lost, trying to put together a string of useful results,” Domenicali confirmed to the Scuderia’s official website.
“At the same time, we must also continue to push on the development of our car, because our rivals have made clear steps forward. Apart from Red Bull, in Montreal, Mercedes was also very competitive, not just in qualifying over a single lap, but also over the whole race distance.”
Looking back on the event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Domenicali added a below par performance in qualifying was what really hurt them and cost them the chance of victory.
“Both Fernando and Felipe [Massa] staged a really great fight back [finishing second and eighth respectively after lining up in sixth and 16th on the grid],” Domenicali explained. “But when making a final assessment of this weekend, Saturday’s qualifying weighed heavily on the outcome, even if in the race, we showed our potential once again. If we had started from the very front of the grid, we would have had everything in place to aim for the win. The circumstances in which qualifying was run did not suit the characteristics of our car and we paid a very high price for that.
“We must give our drivers the wherewithal to fight for the front two rows of the grid, because that is the key to be able to capitalise on our car’s race pace.
“Now we have a slightly longer than usual gap before the next race in Silverstone. We will try and use that time as well as possible to work on the car and continue studying tyre behaviour, because on Sunday we saw cars which were able to do two thirds of the race with just one set and therefore, understanding how the tyres will work at every circuit will require very close attention.”