Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has hinted that Ferrari will soon be faced with a decision as to whether it turns its focus to the 2012 F1 season and writes off the 2011 campaign.
After seven races, Ferrari has just two podium finishes and is 154 points behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship. In the drivers' standings, Fernando Alonso – the best placed of the two Ferrari drivers – is now 92 points down on Sebastian Vettel after his retirement from the Canadian GP.
The tough start to 2011 has already seen Ferrari undertake a reshuffle of its technical team and Domenicali admitted that the upcoming races would now shape the team's approach to the remainder of the year.
"Ferrari is at a crucial moment of the season," he told Germany's Die Welt
'paper. "In the next races until after the British Grand Prix we will decide whether we continue to push for the world title or work already for the next season."
However, despite losing further ground in the title race in Canada following Alonso's retirement and an unscheduled extra pit-stop for Felipe Massa after he damaged his front wing while passing Narain Karthikeyan's Hispania, Domenicali said Ferrari wouldn't give up hope.
“When you have days like this you want to turn the page immediately, forgetting the negatives and hanging on to the positive aspects,” he said on the official Ferrari website. “Partly down to the characteristics of the track and also because of all the work we are doing, we are beginning to see the benefits of our efforts, as was the case in Monaco and also in Montreal where we were competitive enough to fight for the win.
“We must continue down this path, because sooner or later the results will come. Now there is no point looking at the classifications in both championships, as it does not make sense at the moment. We must act like football teams who find they have dropped behind and play every match in an attacking manner, only going for the win. Then, if the others slip up and the situation changes, we will see where we are.”