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Domenicali: We haven’t given up on third yet

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali sees rivals McLaren pace day one in Abu Dhabi but insists 'we are still in the fight for third'
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.”



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Iceman - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 10:08 PM

How can Domenicali say that. What have Ferrari done for Kimi except only give him the same old second tier car with second tier teammates. They should be so lucky Kimi's excellence has allowed them to even have a shot at third. I sure hope Raikkonen is back next year. He may be a reporters nightmare because he doesn't give good sound bytes but he's an exctiting driver to watch race.

JJJ

October 30, 2009 8:20 PM

Ferrari pretty much lost the battle for third in Brazil already (apart from obviously Massa's accident and the questionnable choice for especially Badoer). Kimi could have probably have been 2nd that race had Webber not made that move on him, which would have meant Ferrari ahead by 5 points. But anyway Brazil was the track Ferrari had to make the difference, cause despite me being hopeful to the contrary, Abu Dhabi seems to be another Valencia/Singapore...Tracks where the lack of fast corners means McLaren's lack of downforce is not really an issue. I'm afraid were in for a bit of a snorefest again, with McLaren and Brawn in front and RBR close behind.



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