Ferrari boss Stefano Domenciali has said he is 'confident' the Scuderia will be able to get some 'nice' results in the second half of the season following a 'reasonable' result in Hungary.
Speaking after Fernando Alonso gave the Maranello-based outfit another podium finish on Sunday and team-mate Felipe Massa was sixth in the sister 150° Italia, he admitted that while they had hoped for more from the eleventh round in the F1 2011 World Championship, the result was still 'positive' given the extremely tricky and changeable conditions.
“All things considered, we can be reasonably pleased with the way things went,” Domenicali confirmed. “Certainly, going into the race, maybe we had hoped to get a little bit more out of it, but this seems to be the wettest July in the history of F1! I don't know if that is really the case, but it's a fact that the last three races have all been run in the conditions that suit us the least.
“Having said that, the race was marked by incidents which, for better or for worse, made the difference. Therefore having managed to get to the podium in these circumstances is still positive and we can consider that our glass is half full.
“I am confident in the belief that, after the summer break, we will have every chance of getting some nice results. The championship would be very open without [Sebastian] Vettel, but we will continue to fight for the title until it is mathematically impossible. Now we will push on as hard as we can next week, before the summer shut down, to be as well prepared as possible for the Belgian Grand Prix.”
Ferrari technical director Pat Fry meanwhile conceded that while they did profit from the problems of others, they were still 'reasonably competitive'.
“It was an incident packed race, run in weather conditions that definitely did not suit us. We lost the chance of fighting for the top slots, losing time in the first part of the race, but then, thanks to an aggressive strategy – four stops for Fernando and the same for Felipe – we managed to make up some places,” he added.
“Of course, we also profited from the problems of others, but that's racing. As for the pit stops, at Fernando's first one, we had to keep him on his spot because a Mercedes was coming and we could not risk a dangerous manoeuvre. In another couple of moments we also lost a few tenths compared to the optimum standard, but these glitches did not cost us anything in terms of position. It's an area in which we can and we must continue to improve, as indeed we should in terms of the car's performance.
“Here, we were reasonably competitive, as can be seen by the fact Felipe set the fastest race lap, but we need to make another step forward, especially in the slower corners. Qualifying performance also needs to get better because starting from the second or third rows definitely means you struggle more in the race.
“Now we must prepare for Belgium and for Monza, two races at different types of track, where we will bring some new aerodynamic components. The others will do the same, so we will see who has done the best job.”