Ferrari team boss Stefano Domencali says the team is doing all it can to improve its qualifying performance to keep itself in contention in the F1 title race.
The team heads into the British Grand Prix
this weekend having lost ground further ground to Red Bull
in the title race in recent races.
While the F138 has been strong so far this season on race day, qualifying has proven to be something of an Achilles heel but Domenicali said the team was working hard to extract more one-lap pace from the car to make forward progress.
“We are trying our best,” he said. “Our engineers are working very hard on this front, because we know we cannot let our drivers always start far back on the grid, otherwise doing a lot of overtaking moves isn't much use.
“The aim is to at least be consistently on the top two rows. Obviously, we would like to always start from pole, which would make everything much easier and that would be even more the case when you consider our car's potential in the race itself.”
Domenicali added that he was confident of his team being on the pace this weekend at Silverstone, although – as has been the norm this year – he said a lot would be down to the performance of the Pirelli tyres.
“Our aim is to close the gaps to the lead in the next three races,” he said. “I think we will be competitive in Silverstone, as we have been in the recent past at this track, but there are so many factors to take into account.
“The tyres? It will depend a lot on the weather and the temperature. The team is calm and focused: we know we must get a good result but we are used to this type of pressure.”