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Domenicali: Victory sweet, but we need to keep calm

Ferrari celebrates a 1-2 finish in the opening round of the 2010 F1 season but team principal Stefano Domenicali insists the Scuderia needs to remain grounded
Stefano Domenicali admitted he was delighted with the result of the 2010 F1 season opener, but admitted that Ferrari will remain grounded with 18 races still to run in the fight for the title.

After a challenging campaign in 2009, the Scuderia enjoyed the perfect start to the new campaign as Fernando Alonso took victory on his debut for the team and Felipe Massa celebrated his return to the sport with second place.

The result leaves Ferrari with a 22 point lead in the constructors' championship after the opening round thanks to the new scoring system, but Domenicali said there wouldn't be much chance for celebration as the team turns its focus towards the second round of the year in Australia.

“A fantastic start to the championship!” he said. “This amazing one-two is just reward for all the work of the team, both at the track and the factory in Maranello, over these past few months and I dedicate the result to them.

"Today, we had to manage a very complicated situation with Felipe's car, because of the high temperatures, but we did it and I was very happy to see our driver on the podium on what was a very special day for him. As for Fernando, what can I say? There could be no better way for him to start his adventure in red!

“Now we can enjoy this wonderful day for a few hours, but as from tomorrow, we must start preparing for the next round in Australia, adopting our usual approach which involves keeping calm, with our feet on the ground and working hard.

“We have a very long season ahead of us, in which reliability will be crucial, as indeed we saw yet again today and where we will be fighting very strong and determined adversaries.”


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aloi - Unregistered

March 16, 2010 12:50 AM

Great result for the Scuderia and I am sure the Tifosi are over the moon with the 1-2. I was looking to see great racing but unfortunately the new rules made the season opener a snore-fest. There were virtually no overtaking opportunities and other than the quali positions and the start, everything was basically decided from there. The FIA better look into something and quick!!!

enchanter - Unregistered

March 15, 2010 8:32 PM

Two stops is not gonna change anything to help the spectacle it would just make the race a sideshow and the result decided by the mechanics beating each other. The problem is that all of the cars are the same weight throughout the race with no refuelling and are so close on power and aero that only a big mistake or mechanical fault will allow a following car to pass. Unless something is done quickly the whole season is going to be a snorefest, even on the normally interesting tracks like Interlagos. The fuel strategies were tedious but at least they did allow position changes and heavier cars could be passed on track. The only thing I think would work for the future is relax the tig



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