Australia podium sufficient as Ferrari target long game

By on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domencali insists that a podium in next weekend's Australian Grand Prix would provide a good platform on which to mount a season-long title challenge.

Ferrari's recent record at Albert Park has been poor, with just one podium - Felipe Massa in 2010 - to show from the previous five races in Australia.

"I expect that the teams who finished in the top positions in Sao Paulo [2012] will repeat that in Melbourne, probably with a reduced advantage – that’s what we are all hoping for, anyway," he said.

Domenicali also believes Ferrari has reasons to be confident with their F138.

"The new business structure, the working methods, the modifications to the equipment that we have used to work on this car, the consistency of the results compared with our targets and what we saw in the recent tests – these all seem to tell us that we are on the right path at last compared to the past."

"So, to make an analysis that is purely centred on ourselves, unless someone else has done an exceptional job I’m convinced that Ferrari will be in the battle to the end. A podium in Australia would be a good base on which to build the kind of successes we need."

"What’s more, apart from the actual performance of the car, our work in the wind tunnel is an element that gives us faith in the area of aerodynamics, where 90% of the performance comes from, so we can work with a certain calmness. The stability of the rules is another guarantee that there won’t be surprises with any exceptional creative solutions that make a big difference, and I’m especially confident given the changes we made last year."

Domenicali also expects competition to reduce across the 2013 season as teams increasingly focus on 2014.

"I’m sure that over the course of the season the competition will reduce because the demands on all the teams for the 2014 project cannot be underestimated".

"We are talking about a car that is completely different to what we’ve seen before and there’s a risk of missing the boat: the smaller the organisation, the greater and the earlier the resources they will have to invest in the new project. Meanwhile for the big teams, the exercise will be to balance the resources required to keep up the development to be competitive right to the end with the attention that needs to be dedicated to 2014 to avoid the risk of being left behind."

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