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Ferrari 'has to focus on reliability'

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says he is pleased with performance of the new F60 ahead of the first round of the Formula One season, although he admits that there is still work to be done to improve reliability.

In the hands of both Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, the F60 has proved to be fast but somewhat fragile during the winter, including during this week's running in Barcelona where Raikkonen was quickest on day two before a KERS issue forced the Scuderia to end its planned grand prix weekend simulation work.

With that in mind, Domenicali admitted that reliability was still a cause for concern for the team ahead of Melbourne and said his squad would 'have to work harder' to improve things for the new season.

“Over the last days I've been to Barcelona to follow the last stages of the test sessions and I've seen a very concentrated and determined team,” he said. “We're satisfied with the level of our car as far as the performance is concerned. It's obvious that we still have some work to do and that we have to concentrate on its reliability. Last year we've seen how important reliability and the smallest details are: we have to work much harder in this direction.

“Like never before I'm expecting a very difficult season. Many changes have been introduced as far as the regulations are concerned. Planning the car we had to start from scratch. In this case time plays an even more important role: who, like us and our main competitors, was working until the last moment on the development of the 2008 car, might have a slight disadvantage compared to those who gave up last year and dedicated themselves and their resources to a new project.”

Domenicali admitted it was difficult to make too many predictions about where Ferrari stands in relation to its competitors following the winter testing but became the latest figure to express surprise at the pace shown in Barcelona by the Brawn GP outfit.

“I don't want you to think that I'm avoiding an answer, but it's more difficult than ever to say anything about the levels on the track,” he said. “Until a couple of days ago there was a great equilibrium between the different teams - some expected and some a bit less - and then there was Brawn GP's exploit; their performance was incredibly surprising and they have to be watched with care.

“We think that we're part of the more competitive teams, but there are still many unknown factors to consider: we have to wait for Melbourne to get the answers.”


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bullet - Unregistered

March 15, 2009 10:21 AM

This is classic Poss Brawn, to drop the Kers if it's not working, instead of following the trend like others and struggling with it all season. It's going to be really interesting, if the Brawn speed in testing is for real and not for show. They may well become Ferrari's main opposition and not MC...for this year at least. I bet some hearts sank at Ferrari headquarters when Brawn took over the team, cos when Nick Fry and the Japanese were in charge and making the big decisions, he was like the genie in the bottle, but now....he's been unleashed! mmmm.....it will be the young protege (Domenicali) facing the old master (Brawn). Or have I been watching too many Chinese Kung Fu movies? lol

Chris - Unregistered

March 15, 2009 9:34 AM

Brawn are fast because they aren't running KERS and are spreading the 30-60kg of weight around the car creating better balance. Thats why and how the teams will complain, but they don't have to run KERS if they don't want to. Also, can some of the posters in here grow up, write something constructive rather than "I am reccomended" and the other pointless drivel I am reading.



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