Domenicali: Mercedes will be difficult to match

Domenicali: Mercedes will be difficult to match

2 April 2014 – Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has admitted if Mercedes keeps up the pace then it is going to be very difficult to match them.

Fernando Alonso and the Scuderia ended up fourth and ‘best of the rest’ after the Mercedes’ of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia last Sunday, but with the Spaniard over 30 seconds off the winner at the chequered flag, it is obvious the men at Maranello have a lot of work to do.

“After the tests it was clear that Mercedes was ahead. Many others seemed to be quite close, so it is no surprise to see the classifications that we have seen in Australia and no Malaysia. If Mercedes keeps the pace it will be very difficult to match them,” Domenicali confirmed in an interview with the official Formula 1 site in the countdown to the race in Sakhir.

Quizzed on what Ferrari needs to improve with its 2014 F1 car, the F14 T, Domenicali replied: “Basically everywhere. I don’t think by fixing one problem you fix the whole performance - so we need to work to have a more efficient car; we need to work to have a better engine; we need to work to exploit better the balance between electric power and traditional engine power.”

“It is a matter of time,” he continued, before adding, “but I would say that we have to be careful of drawing conclusions now. For sure Mercedes has been the best in terms of performance, and that is our target now. [But] don’t forget we are only at the second race of the season, so judgment has to be taken very carefully.

“Just think back: after the first test people believed that Red Bull were finished. We have to be calm,” he concluded.

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