F1 »

Ferrari insists no 'panic', but drops hints of 2009 write-off

Ferrari has hinted that it may be prepared to abandon its push for Formula 1 glory in 2009 in favour of focussing entirely on 2010 if the current situation has not dramatically improved after the next couple of races, but Stefano Domenicali is insistent that there is 'no reason to panic' in its efforts to play catch-up, despite its worst start to a season in almost three decades.

The last time the Scuderia had no points on the board after the opening three grands prix was all the way back in 1981, and the team has never gone through the first four races without scoring – ramping up the pressure substantially for this weekend's outing in Bahrain, where Felipe Massa has triumphed for the past two years in succession and Ferrari has won more often than it has lost.

The Maranello-based outfit is now pinning its hopes of a comeback on its 'double-decker' diffuser and new aerodynamic components for the struggling F60, but it is equally well aware that reliability needs to be greatly improved too, with Massa having failed to see the chequered flag in both Australia and China due to mechanical woes – on the latter occasion arguably losing a podium position.

One cause for concern is the controversial KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) technology, which Ferrari dropped for the first time in Shanghai over durability fears – but is hoping to re-instate in Sakhir. Should that and the introduction of the split-level diffuser not prove to be the catalyst for a significant upturn in form by the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona in just under three weeks' time, team principal Domenicali has suggested that development efforts may then turn wholeheartedly towards the F60's successor.

“We will see where we are after Spain,” the Italian is quoted as having said by the Associated Press. “We need to stay cool. There is no reason to get in panic mode because that would be worse.

“There are too many things that can change very quickly. The priority is to move from zero points.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stefano Domenicali   [pic credit: Ferrari]
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race,Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H  leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Alan D - Unregistered

April 21, 2009 11:07 AM

I'd be very disappointed if Ferrari, or any other team, decided to give up on this year and concentrate on next year's car. I know that is what others have done in the past, and Honda did that last year and its paying off for them, but I think you are doing a disservice to the fans and to the sport if you are only there to make up the numbers.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.