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Ferrari insists Monaco 'an isolated incident'
4 June 2013
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali believes that the Scuderia
will return to form this weekend in Canada after a disappointing performance last time out in Monte Carlo.
Fernando Alonso's seventh place was the best the team could manage in the principality, with Felipe Massa crashing out of the race at Ste Devote after suspension failure.
Having lost ground to Red Bull in the standings as a result, Ferrari will be keen to bounce back at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Domenicali said the team had worked hard to ensure that the Monaco race was nothing more than a blip.
“The Monaco GP was not an easy weekend for the team,” he said. “Since then, we have been working hard; first of all studying all the data to see why we had not performed as expected and from that point, we have been looking ahead, setting up the cars in the completely different configuration required of Montreal, as we go from the highest downforce track of the year to the one where we will use the least downforce of any track we have visited so far this season.
“Of course we also focussed on the problems we had with reliability, which absolutely had to be resolved. What is sure is that the team is completely motivated and we are determined to regard what happened in Monaco as an isolated incident.”
Domenicali added that he felt the circuit in Montreal would be better suited to the F138, even though the team needed to keep working hard to get more from its package.
“Looking at the first six races overall, our car has proved to be strong with very good characteristics in the majority of cases, even if, at times, other teams have proved to be faster,” he said. “I think the Montreal circuit should allow us to exploit those strong points such as braking, which is a key factor at this track, so let's hope that works in our favour. However, on the other hand, we must ensure we keep working on the areas where our car is not yet where it should be.”
Ferrari has confirmed that Massa will run a new chassis this weekend in Canada following his Monaco accident.