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Canada shows the need to keep pushing - Domenicali

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali admitted that the Canadian Grand Prix had been a disappointment, and said that it proved the need to continue to push in the title battle.
"There's a certain feeling of disappointment this afternoon and there's no point denying it," said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali following the end of a problematic Canadian Grand Prix for the team.

"It's the first weekend in which we have not got the most out of what we had," he said. "But it's also down to the fact that the level of expectation was higher thanks to the progress we have made."

The setback in Montreal was down to just two factors: a small but crucial mistake by Felipe Massa on lap 6, and Fernando Alonso's one-stop race strategy being thwarted by an unexpected sudden drop off in tyre performance later in the race.

"The real problem today was the tyre degradation, definitely not the strategy," asserted Alonso. "We need to work out how to improve the tyre degradation."

"To finish a race struggling with the tyres always hurts a bit, but for we engineers it's best to evaluate the situation with a cool head and not with the emotive images from the television in mind," added the team's technical director Pat Fry.

Domenicali agreed that they needed to look further into tyre degradation issues on the F2012 "which is proving to be ever more the key to this season." He added that the disappointment that the team felt after Canada was a sign of how far the team had already come - and how much they needed to keep up the drive and momentum.

"Let's not forget that yesterday we were fighting for pole and today, we were in the battle for the win right to the end: in Bahrain, a month and a half ago, not a year ago, we only got one driver into Q3 and we finished the race one minute off the winner," he said.

"We must continue to push on the development to close the gap which still separates us from pole position - only when we have done this can we claim to have reached our first objective," he continued.

"We leave Montreal convinced we have made a step forward in terms of outright performance, but aware that we did not pick up what was in our reach," added Pat Fry. "The F2012 has improved, but it is still not enough and we will have to work a lot on understanding the tyre degradation. We will head for Valencia with the aim of further improving performance and getting the most out of the potential available to us."

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Nealio - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 8:50 PM

The real problem was Ferrari's in ability to adjust their strategy in response to the lap time Hamilton was able to produce after his second stop. He was able to take a second out of Alonso's lead within a lap of exiting the box. If Ferrari had brought Alonso in that lap he might have exited the pits in front of Hamilton because of Hamilton's slow stop. At the worse he would have finished ahead of Vettel. This lack of being flexible and decisive in the flow of the race is a major flaw in Ferrari's armory. It cost them the championship in 2010 and will do the same this season if not corrected. Domenicali is a great apologist but needs to concentrate on getting the right people and aggressive attitude working on in-race strategy.

Bzzzzt - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 6:27 AM

With this being Ferrari's fourth year in a row spending the first half-season in damage control mode, I really hope that it's Domenicali's last with the team. Strategy has been consistently poor (and disastrous at times), off-season development has been mediocre, and apparently the only bright spot worthy of praise from the announcers has been the excellent pit crew. Full credit to that great team of mechanics, but it's truly a disappointing state of affairs when the pit crew is far more competitive than the car is. There are plenty of other great team-bosses out there waiting to be found. Time to go looking.

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