Domenicali: Until we have the quickest car, we cannot claim to be happy

Stefano Domenicali is under no illusions

Stefano Domenicali is under no illusions

Jul.24 (Ferrari) Twenty four hours after the win in Hockenheim, there was no sense of euphoria in the Scuderia Ferrari offices, everyone is concentrating totally on the forthcoming race on 29th July at the Hungaroring, on the outskirts of Budapest.

Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012.“It’s nice to see our fans are happy with that last result, but no one at Maranello is under any sort of illusion,” said team boss Stefano Domenicali. “The fact we are leading the Drivers’ championship with Fernando does not lull us into thinking that everything is fine and we’re cruising along with the wind in our sails; quite the contrary in fact.”

Red Bull has always been very strong in Budapest these past few years and McLaren showed in Germany that it was back in front running form, after a slight dip at its home race. Then there is also Mercedes, as well as Lotus and other teams, such as Williams and Sauber, who have shown they can, in some circumstances, also be in the fight for the podium. Clearly, the opposition is as numerous as it’s strong,” predicted Domenicali.

Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella and Stefano Domenicali Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Practice, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday 20 July 2012.Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo chose to have an update on the situation with Domenicali and the two drivers, Alonso and Massa, just back from the Lower Modena area which was hit by an earthquake back in May.

“As usual, Montezemolo was very clear: feet on the ground and work, work, work,” continued Domenicali. “After Budapest, we come up to two very tough races in the shape of Spa and Monza, where we must show that we are competitive on fast tracks too. The performance of the F2012 has improved since the start of the season but until we have the quickest car on track, we cannot claim to be happy.”

“There is still a long road ahead of us, with plenty of obstacles along the way. The first and currently the most dangerous one is to catch this sense of euphoria that comes from the outside. But I’m calm about this because I am immune to these things!” concluded Domenicali.

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  • Butterfly

    They better be imune, because that 34p lead can vanish by the time they get to Singapore.

  • fools

    I agree. keep pushing the development…good upgrades with increased performance. boost top speed. and get that suspension for better cornering and decrease the tire ware for each race as they get more and more use to the tires is vital for the WDC.

    Alonso has his team in check. They are prepared and seem poised to win this WDC more then ever. So far no DNf’s. Its been reliable and winning. I hope they keep it up till the WDC is won by Alonso and years to continue.

  • PistoneRovente


    …or it could be increased by then, you never know.

  • Butterfly


    Sure, but that’s not a case of concern :)

  • Hawk

    There is no evidence to show that the F2012 was not the fastest car at Hockenheim. Alonso’s fastest lap was the penultimate lap at the time when JB’s McLaren was struggling. it showed all along that he was comfortable and just conserving tyres. Lewis could not overtake him on fresh tyres. Likewise JB. Clearly the Red Bull was slower. So which other car? Sauber? ofcourse not Lotus. Therefore IMO currently the F2012 is the best car. Fastest I am not sure. But Hockenheim also points to that.

  • Forza Ferrari

    Keep pushing and working hard, great men and women from Maranello! Nothing is certain till the chequered flag has been waved in Brazil. Go Prancing Horse, goooo!

  • edd

    ferrari should fire all of the tech. personel and hire fresh minds. it is terrible that we have lost thwe WDC lead to RB and with only 4 races left, we dont stand a chance… this isnt the ferrari of old.