Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has revealed that the team is now working 'full throttle' on its 2012 F1 challenger, with development of the 150º Italia reaching the 'end of the road'.
Although Fernando Alonso's recent run of form means he is still in with a mathematical chance of taking his third drivers' title, the Spaniard would need Sebastian Vettel to run into major problems in the second half of the season to stand a realistic chance of getting ahead of the German.
With that in mind, Ferrari is now set to turn its focus to what it says will be an 'innovative' car for next season although it will continue to carry out development work on its current machine in order to fight for victories through the remainder of the campaign.
“Our realistic goal for the remaining eight Grands Prix is to win races, to score as many points as possible,” Domenicali said. “I am sure we can achieve good results, but we should avoid looking at the classification, because we know the championship will be very difficult given the current gap, but let's see where it is in a few races. We have the potential to do well and we have to believe in ourselves.
“In terms of the development of the 150º Italia, we are almost at the end of the road but this does not mean that work on this year's car has come to a complete halt, but as of now, we are working full throttle on the 2012 car. As far as next year's regulations are concerned, apart from rules regarding the exhaust system, there are not many changes, therefore the new cars can be described as a development of the 2011 car.
“However, what I can say, having seen the model in the wind tunnel and the work going on in the drawing office, is that it will be a very innovative machine. In fact, this is to be expected, this is necessary given that our first goal is that, in 2012, we must be competitive right from the very start of the season.”