Ferrari plan reaction to poor results crisis
13 July, 2010
Jul.13 (YallaF1.com) This is definitely not an easy time for Scuderia Ferrari In the last three races, the F10 has demonstrated an increased level of competitiveness, even on tracks which, in the past had not been particularly favourable for the cars from Maranello.
However, the amount of points scored in that same period is way below expectation, given the available technical package. From Montreal to Silverstone, Fernando Alonso has only scraped together 19 points, while Felipe Massa score sheet is completely blank.
The situation in the championship has become much more complicated, nevertheless, there is not a single person in Maranello who wants to give up, far from it in fact, as was confirmed at the team’s post British Grand Prix race debrief.
The meeting began with a technical analysis of the Silverstone weekend – on the plus side, the steps forward in terms of performance thanks to the updates introduced in Valencia and Silverstone, and on the minus side the problems Fernando Alonso encountered at the start and the fact Felipe struggling a bit to get the most out of the tyres in qualifying.
However, the main theme of the meeting was the desire to react after all the difficulties of the weekend and it fell to team principal Stefano Domenicali to express it first, as he repeated the thrust of his argument already delivered to the team at Silverstone after the race: “We are angry that we did not get the results which we were capable of delivering, but this anger must be turned into a positive force. We must remain rational, we must not let ourselves be discouraged nor frustrated.”
He did not get into detail with regards to Alonso’s penalty, “Even in the cold light of day, I don’t want to comment on certain incidents, because I do not want my words to be seen as some sort of excuse. We just have to knuckle down and continue with the development of the car, working calmly, with great concentration and determination. Then, the results will come.”
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo also spoke at the meeting: “I have nothing to add here about what happened yesterday at the track, to what Domenicali has already said. There is no point in crying about it and I want the team to tackle the second half of the season in a positive manner.”
He alluded to the urgency to turn around their fortunes, “We have gone through much worse moments than this and we have come through them, but clearly we can no longer afford to lose opportunities, which for various reasons, have escaped us in the last two races, even though we had a competitive car. As things stand today, qualifying and the start have become the decisive moments, so we must improve in these areas if we want to win.”
The Maranello chief ended the session urging his team to react, “I expect everyone will give 100% to bring home points quickly to make up for those we have lost to date. All of us, myself, Domenicali, the engineers, mechanics and drivers, know what everyone, especially our fans expect.”