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Ferrari: We tried to win

Ferrari was left disappointed when their one-stop gambit cost them not only the race win for Fernando Alonso, but any podium position at all. But at least they'd tried.
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali admitted that fifth place for Fernando Alonso in the Canadian Grand Prix was without question a "disappointing race result," but despite the fact that it hadn't worked out he insisted that he didn't regret going for the win.

"We have tried," Domenicali told TV reporters in Montreal. "We have tried to win."

Alonso himself agreed with the philosophy: "I feel good. We tried to win the race," he said. "I'm proud of the team and happy we went for the victory.

"We tossed the coin in the air and we waited to see the result and it didn't work. At least we tried and we were not happy with second. In the end it was too many laps and in the end we ran out of tyres quite suddenly and it was too late to pit."

"It didn't work out - not because of the strategy but because of the tyre degradation," he added. "I want that to be very clear because there will be confusion tomorrow, from people who don't understand the race."

Domenicali confirmed that the team had been caught out by how quickly the tyres' performance had fallen off when they were finally pushed too far.

"At the certain moment we felt that the tyres could have lasted and then when you reach the cliff it was too late to pit," he said referring to the 'cliff' that the tyre performance goes off when the degradation reaches a critical margin. "At a certain stage, speaking also with Fernando, the tyre seems to last so we took the chance."

But instead the tyres went off in the space of virtually a single lap, leaving Alonso as a sitting duck to those faster cars behind him to bump him off the podium by the time the chequered flag came out.

Even so, "You see on the podium there is two drivers with one stop," Domenicali pointed out - so it hadn't been such an outrageous strategy, it just hadn't worked out for Ferrari.

"We need to work now on the tyre degradation because without the tyre degradation at the end we could have been in a different position today," he summed up.





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Obenz - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 2:24 AM

Very very silly strategy! Ferrari never learn! You react to your competitors Vettel and Hamilton! They should have gone in to change tyres 2 laps after Hamilton once it was clear that Hamilton had warmed his tyres sufficiently. Failing that, they should have reacted immediately Vettel did so as to stay ahead of him. Instead they fell asleep again as they did last race in 2010! Prize CHUMPS!!

DJ from TJ - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 12:32 AM

Wait a minute here, where does he gets those numbers from? Alonso pitted on lap 19 and Romain on lap 21. But he's right I don't think they anticipated such a fall off from the tires, they probably expected a gradual drop off but, from one lap to another the drop was close to 2 secs. Red Bull reacted inmediately mainly because Vettel pitted a couple of laps before Alonso and salvage a 4th place. Basically Ferrari got caught with their pants down. Learn from it and move on. Still, Ferrari should be keeping a close eye on Perez and his amazing tire management skills.



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