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Ferrari refuses to give up
28 September 2009
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali insists that the
won't give up on the 2009 F1 season during the final three races of the campaign, despite a tough weekend in Singapore.
With the team having elected to end development of the F60 to focus on its 2010 machine, Ferrari was off the pace of its rivals in Singapore as a number of other teams introduced new updates to their cars for the weekend.
As a result, Kimi Raikkonen and Giancarlo Fisichella were unable to make much on an impression on the race under lights, with Raikkonen coming home tenth and Fisichella 13th – the latter having run at the rear of the field for much of the race.
Despite that result, Ferrari remains third in the constructors' championship heading to Suzuka and Domenicali insisted that the focus was firmly on trying to retain the position through the final race of the season.
“Honestly, I don't think we could have done much better,” he said of the Singapore race. “When you start this far back on a track like this, it's difficult to climb up the order. Kimi and Giancarlo did their best, trying to exploit what their cars had to offer. We have to accept the fact that many other teams have made yet another step forward in terms of performance, which makes our technical situation even more difficult, given that development on the F60 stopped a while ago now.
“When we took that decision, we knew we would pay for it more and more as the end of the season approached, but let's be clear on one thing, we are not giving up: there are still three races to go and we will tackle them with maximum effort because we want to do all we can to finish third in the Constructors' classification. In a strange season like this one, anything can happen.
“Again today, for example, we saw teams that used to be a long way back, now at the front end, while others did the opposite.”
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