Domenicali: What happened to us last year in Jerez will not be repeated

Stefano Domenicali looking ahead to 2013

Stefano Domenicali looking ahead to 2013

The opening races of the 2013 season’s Formula 1 world championship will be crucial, according to Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, who is adamant that the team will not stumble at the first test as they did last year.

09.02.2012 Jerez, Spain - Fernando Alonso - Formula1 World Championship Pre-Season Testing  - Jerez de la Frontera +++ © Copyright: Stange / RACE-PRESS.comIn 2012, runner-up Ferrari had a dire start to its campaign, while eventual champion Red Bull also took some time to establish its full potential.

But with the sweeping rule changes of 2014 looming large, Domenicali said the dynamics of this season’s battle will be different.

“Next season [2013] will be decided in the first races,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“The teams will do their work for 2013 and then move on to the preparations for 2014,” the Italian added.

“I think this switch will happen in July, so you will need to start the year well.”

Referring to the 2014 rules, featuring the move from V8 to turbo V6 engines, Williams‘ technical director Mike Coughlan confirmed: “It’s a huge change.

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2012.“There are very few teams who will be able to do a fully-focused run on the 2013 championship and the year after,” he is quoted by the Sun newspaper.

However, Domenicali said that he is confident that Ferrari will succeed where it failed in 2012.

“What happened to us last year in the Jerez test will not be repeated this year,” he insisted.

“Now we are sure that the wind tunnel will not give us surprises,” added Domenicali, referring to the closure of the Maranello facility for a revamp, and Ferrari’s need to work in Toyota’s state-of-the-art Cologne wind tunnel. (GMM)

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  • hillside

    SD still have a job??

  • Forza Ferrari

    I really hope you’re right Stefano and last year’s mistakes with the wind tunnel will not be repealed this year. Oh I can’t wait for the F1 season to start again.
    Gooooo Ferrari in 2013!!! Let’s get ‘em!

  • Lauda Fan

    Why does this man still have a position at Ferrari? That’s nuts. I guess they enjoy losing year after year. Makes no sense that the rules of the world don’t apply to Domenicali.

  • Junior Johnson

    I just dont know why thus fellow still has a job at all! He built one of the worst cars ever for Ferari! Then he goes and says he cant work propurly cos Ferari broke the windtrunnel! Ross Braun didnt habe this problem when he was building his feraris! Ross used to fix the trunnel himself if there was a problem not just complain about it and get lazy making a rubbish car! Anyway now hes trying to make himself look less stupid and trying to point out that Red Bull car breaks all the time and the guy who built there car is not so good like himself!
    It does seem strange to me though I think that when Christen Horner built Webbers car he did something to make it break so that his favourite gold boy Vettel could beat Webber! I feel sorry for Webber but now he needs to get clever and swap cars with Vettel next year when hes not looking!

  • Kimi4WDC

    @Junior Johnson

    Frankly, he is there because Luca asked Dominicalli to stay, who wanted to leave.

    Reason for this is, Dominicalli is a remarkable at managing Ferrari logistics and operations. It seems Luca does not believe anyone else can do a greater job.

    This also means it’s Luca’s responsibility to hire people who know how to build fast car.

  • Peter

    Stefano makes point clear that they don’t want to have a slower car right from the start. But so do RBR want to. They too want a good start like they have 2011.
    It’s all down to Designers now. Who designs best will come out good.

  • quattro

    Mr SD is implying that the problems they had last year were only due to the use of a faulty w tunnel, which to me seems to not add up. Ferrari actually went backwards towards the end of the season (or did the others gain more?), when they started to use the non-faulty Toyota w tunnel. So I am not getting my hopes up yet – words do not cut it anymore. We will believe you, mr SD, when we see the times at Jerez.

    In any case we know that when ALO is behind the wheel, beautiful things happen no matter how bad the car is compaired to the others, so I am cannot wait for 2013 season to start in any case :)

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