Ferrari technical chief Pat Fry says the team can't afford to relax during F1's summer break despite Fernando Alonso
extending his lead at the top of the drivers' standings to 40 points.
The Spaniard secured fifth place in Hungary while closest rival Mark Webber
could only finish down in eighth, leaving the double champion surprised by his larger advantage going into the summer break.
Alonso's lead comes despite the fact that Ferrari
still insists it doesn't have the quickest car and Fry said the team needs to work hard to keep developing the F2012 if it is to stay out front after the summer break.
"We still lack performance and we must push even harder on developing the F2012 if we want to fight all the way to the end to reach our goals,” he said. “We still have a week of work before taking a breather, but the fact we can pack Fernando off on holiday with a forty point lead is no reason to relax, quite the opposite in fact.
“There's a lot of very strong competition who are just waiting for us to drop the ball and it's down to us to disappoint them."
Team boss Stefano Domenicali said he viewed the glass as being half full after the Hungarian weekend with the team having worked hard to get the best result possible for Alonso on track.
"Definitely a case of the glass being half full!” he said. “Fifth place for Fernando has allowed him to extend his lead in the classification, which is a very important achievement on a weekend in which we definitely did not have the performance to fight with the best. It was a very hard race, decided for the most part by grid positions and the start, with the only variables concerning tyre degradation and the different strategies adopted. I think that, as far as the latter is concerned, we made the right choices, which resulted in Fernando getting ahead of at least two cars that were quicker than his.
“As I said at the start, the outcome of this weekend is not a negative one, but clearly we need to look closely at the way the weekend went as a whole to discover the reasons why we were not as competitive as in the last few races. Now we still have a week of work before the summer break: there's a lot to do to reduce the performance gap and to be as well prepared as possible for the last two races still to be run in Europe.
“At Spa and Monza we will race in very different conditions and at very different tracks to Budapest, so anything can happen. It will be important to be ready for every eventuality. We will be able to take a breather for a few days, but I'm sure all our guys have just one thought in mind..."