Ferrari: Decisive few weeks ahead now
10 July 2013 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has admitted the next few weeks will be 'decisive' for the Scuderia as it looks to make up ground and challenge Red Bull Racing’s supremacy.
Fernando Alonso had to settle for fourth in the German Grand Prix last weekend and as a consequence slipped further behind Sebastian Vettel in the title race. The Spaniard now lies 34 points back, while Ferrari itself is third in the Constructors’, 3 points behind Mercedes and a massive 70 behind Red Bull.
Speaking following the event at the Nürburgring, Domenicali added he is convinced they can still get the job done, although he knows tyres and the development of the F318 remain critical.
“Yet again we have had a confirmation of the importance of analysing the data and managing the tyre behaviour. That is the same for everyone but we must try to get even more out of them than the others if we want to win. That also applies to the development of the F138, an area where we must do better than our opponents,” Domenicali told Ferrari’s official website.
“Now we have some decisive weeks ahead looking towards Hungary [the next event on the calendar]. There is a crucial test [at Silverstone] which we must exploit to the maximum, in terms of both the performance of the tyres and the technical development of the car. Everything is still to play for, however, because we are only halfway through the championship and the goals we had at the start of the year are still within reach.”
As for the result in Germany, Domenicali insisted it wasn’t a disaster, even if Felipe Massa did spin off early on.
“Given the current state of play, I think the result [fourth with Alonso] is the most we could have achieved and I don’t think the strategy had much of an influence on the outcome of the race. Wanting to see the glass as half full, the points we have picked up at this point in the season are very important,” he added. “The variable temperatures we saw produced different performance levels. This turnaround confirms yet again how difficult it is for everyone to interpret as well as possible the true competitiveness of the car-tyre package at every track.”
Meanwhile, Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo has called for less talk and more results: “We have looked at the agenda for the coming weeks of work to clarify the priorities along with the engineers.
“Now I ask of everyone a greater determination and strong concentration on every detail. I have enormous faith in the team and I expect a concrete response from everyone, because only through great will and plenty of work will it be possible to come away with the results that we all want. To sum up: fewer words and more achievements,” he concluded.