F1 »

Ferrari refuses to give up on third

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali insists that the Scuderia won't give up on the 2009 F1 season during the final three races of the campaign, despite a tough weekend in Singapore.

With the team having elected to end development of the F60 to focus on its 2010 machine, Ferrari was off the pace of its rivals in Singapore as a number of other teams introduced new updates to their cars for the weekend.

As a result, Kimi Raikkonen and Giancarlo Fisichella were unable to make much on an impression on the race under lights, with Raikkonen coming home tenth and Fisichella 13th – the latter having run at the rear of the field for much of the race.

Despite that result, Ferrari remains third in the constructors' championship heading to Suzuka and Domenicali insisted that the focus was firmly on trying to retain the position through the final race of the season.

“Honestly, I don't think we could have done much better,” he said of the Singapore race. “When you start this far back on a track like this, it's difficult to climb up the order. Kimi and Giancarlo did their best, trying to exploit what their cars had to offer. We have to accept the fact that many other teams have made yet another step forward in terms of performance, which makes our technical situation even more difficult, given that development on the F60 stopped a while ago now.

“When we took that decision, we knew we would pay for it more and more as the end of the season approached, but let's be clear on one thing, we are not giving up: there are still three races to go and we will tackle them with maximum effort because we want to do all we can to finish third in the Constructors' classification. In a strange season like this one, anything can happen.

“Again today, for example, we saw teams that used to be a long way back, now at the front end, while others did the opposite.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stefano Domenicali   [pic credit: Ferrari]
Esteban Gutierrez joins Ferrari as test and reserve driver
Sebastian Vettel in the F2012 during a day testing at Fiorano
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F14-T.
25.11.2014.
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F14-T.
25.11.2014.
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F14-T.
25.11.2014.

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.


blzbub

October 01, 2009 9:09 AM

Its a bit of a contradiction to say that they are not going to give up yet they stopped developing a while ago. McLaren who started the season in a similar position but yet are developing right to the end, taking the fact that the rules are stable for next season they should have a good starting point with the 2010 car, whereas Ferrari's challenger will have to be more a leap of faith. If Raikkonen ends up at McLaren next year he could find himself in a better position than Alonso again!



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

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