Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was pretty satisfied following the first test for F1 2011 this week.
Indeed although Felipe Massa suffered an oil leak on Thursday and lost track time as a result, the Brazilian still managed 80 laps on his debut in the new F150. That combined with more than 200 tours managed by number one driver Fernando Alonso on the opening two days left the Scuderia quietly confident.
“As we already said at the launch, the important thing is to do many kilometres at the first test and in that we have succeeded,” Domenicali told Ferrari's official website. “[However] the stopwatch revealed little and that will also be the case in the next test sessions.
"We are pleased with our debut, but we are perfectly aware that there is still a lot of work to do, both on track and in the factory.
“Over the next few weeks, we must keep our feet solidly on the ground and concentrate on our own job, without being distracted by what the others are up to. The first conclusions will only be drawn in Bahrain when things start getting serious,” he added.
Technical director Aldo Costa meanwhile echoed those thoughts: “Looking at our own work in isolation, we can be pleased with what we have done,” he continued. “We are more or less where we expected, even if there is still work to do to have a full understanding of the handling of the car, especially when it comes to aerodynamics and tyres.
“However, if we had to say where we are compared to the others, then it would not be possible to give a precise answer. I'm not saying we're stumbling around in the dark, but almost, given how many unknown factors are in play here.
"Then, you have to remember, this is only the start: for our part, we know that between now and Jerez we have a good basis on which to work on the mechanical side, while when it comes to aerodynamics, we will not see the final version of the F150 until we get to Bahrain. And I think that's pretty much the case for everyone.”
Asked about some of their rivals, Costa admitted a few innovations had caught his eye: “We definitely saw some pretty extreme things such as the exhausts on the Renault and the gearbox on the Williams,” he continued. “There are so many irons in the fire, from our side too though, so it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.
“[As I said] we are pleased with the work we have done [this week]. What counts when it comes to having a quick car however is not so much to be innovative, but more a case of being able to have enough performance to deliver the lap time,” he summed-up.