Stefano Domenicali insists that Ferrari hasn't given up on securing third in the F1 constructors' championship, despite seeing rivals McLaren set the pace on the opening day of running for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton ended the day in first and second for McLaren, while Kimi Raikkonen could only manage tenth for Ferrari through the first two sessions at Yas Marina. Giancarlo Fisichella meanwhile was down in 17th.
With McLaren only a point ahead of Ferrari in the race to secure third, it remains all to play for heading into Sunday's race and Domenicali insisted his team wouldn't give up despite the fact it faces playing catch-up after the first day of action.
“We are aware of the difficulties we will face this weekend,” he said. “Our main rivals in the fight for third place in the Constructors' classification are going through a very positive phase, while we are having to make a virtue of necessity, trying to get the most out what we have got to work with. However, this does not mean we will not be fighting right down to the last lap, as we are not the sort to give up that easily.”
Raikkonen meanwhile insisted that the lack of recent development work on the F60 meant that the car was 'simply slow' compared to its rival machinery.
“The car is not bad to drive, but it is simply slow and lacks grip, as in fact has been the case very often this year,” he said. “It's not as though there is a specific reason why it's not going well, but most of all, its down to our choice to stop development of the F60, so our performance level compared to the others is going down race by race, given that so many teams are still working on this year's cars.”