Ferrari have returned home to Maranello after an anxious and below par weekend on the streets of Monte Carlo, where Fernando Alonso was seventh in the race and Felipe Massa suffered a big accident during the grand prix prompting team principal Stefano Domenicali to describe the season thus far as a roller-coaster of emotions for the reds.
Domenicali said, “The best news to come out of the Monaco weekend is that Felipe is fine. Two big accidents, just over twenty fours apart and all he has to show for it is a bit of muscle pain. Fortunately there were no other injuries.”
After an investigation of Massa’s wrecked F138 chassis, the team confirmed: “The findings validated the first impressions of the engineers, confirming that the accident was caused by an element of the front left suspension breaking.”
Domenicali continued, “This championship seems to be a real roller-coaster of emotions. Following on from a good weekend comes a bad one. That was the case in the first four races outside Europe and nothing has changed now we are back on the Old Continent. I can confirm that we didn’t get carried away when we won, nor did we beat ourselves up when things did not go as well as expected. But from now on, it will be important to establish a consistent level of performance.”
“The Championship standings are very close and the number of strong opponents is ever increasing. It’s a scenario in which each point is precious and each hundredth of performance becomes important and obviously we are well aware that one less reliability problem can be vey significant in terms of how the championship pans out. We have a lot of work to do in the coming days to be as well prepared as possible for Montreal. We have all rolled our sleeves up and are focussed on the tasks that lie ahead of us,” added the Italian team boss.