Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has called on the Scuderia to exhibit the kind of determination and fighting spirit shown by countryman Roberto Mancini as he willed his Manchester City squad to Premiership glory.
Despite struggling to keep pace with its rivals through the opening rounds of the 2012 F1 season, Ferrari
still has Fernando Alonso
in a share of the championship lead, the consequence of the most unpredictable – and open – start to a campaign for many years.
With unexpected names like Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado
appearing on the podium – the Venezuelan holding off Alonso to claim victory for Williams
in Spain at the weekend – and Red Bull
seemingly unable to establish the sort of foothold that has made them dominant in the past, Domenicali knows that the Scuderia needs to act quickly to capitalise.
Alonso and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel
share the series lead with 61 points from the first five races, the lowest figure since the new points system was introduced, and a direct contrast to the German's runaway 118-point tally at the same point last year.
Not since 1983 have the first five races been won by five different drivers in five different cars, and Domenicali is keen that his squad continues to push forward without giving up, as even a single point could make a difference in the final classification.
Less than that separated the two Manchester football clubs on Sunday, with goal difference eventually deciding the destiny of the Premiership title, but Mancini's City squad could have seen the crown slip from their fingers had they not continued to push, scoring two goals in injury time to deny their closest rivals with almost the last kick of the season.
“You always have to believe you can do it, even when the evidence has you believe the contrary,” Domenicali stressed to the official Ferrari
website, “There are so many incidents in sport which prove this, the most recent being the final outcome of the English Football Premier League.
“Last night, I watched the replay of the football matches involving the two Manchester sides and saw the determination with which Roberto Mancini continued to exhort his guys even when the situation seemed lost. It was an example for everyone involved in sport and I would like to add my personal congratulations to him for this important win.
“It is even more true in a sport like ours where there are many factors in play. It takes very little to change the hierarchy among the teams and this rule is even more true when the differences are just a few tenths or even hundredths. This year, the winner will be whoever manages to bring the best technical updates to the track in the shortest time possible - staying still for just a handful of races could mean finishing out of the points, given that so many teams have proved capable of fighting for the top places.
“We achieved our goal of making a step forward in Spain, but we must continue down this path, especially as the gap to the time that gave [Lewis] Hamilton his pole position is still too big.”