Domenicali: Mercedes and Williams are out in front, after them it could be us

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Testing prior to the start of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship concluded on Sunday in Bahrain Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali believes that there is a pecking order ahead of the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday evening, Domenicali said, “From what we have seen so far, there are two teams out in front, Mercedes and Williams. After them, it could be us.”

“I also think that some teams that are struggling at the moment will be able to catch up, while teams that currently seem to have a slight advantage could see a plateau in their performance, allowing the others to close the gap.”

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“The rule changes for this season have been so radical that I’d say to get a consensus you would need further tests before the championship gets underway. In our case, we are taking a lot of data back home, which we will now analyse in depth.”

“Some aspects deserve more attention to achieve the performance level we are looking for, while others maybe just need a bit of fine tuning.”

“Once back in Maranello, we will do all in our power to rectify the things that aren’t working properly yet, so that we can be as well prepared as possible in Melbourne.”

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Domenicali predicts that this will be an unusual season, especially in the early stages. “I believe that we could see big changes from the first race to the second and from the second to the third, with everyone bringing in developments all the time. At first, reliability will be the key, because without it you don’t score points.”

For Ferrari, the remaining twelve days to go to the first race will be busy, as Domenicali explains, “From our side, we know there is still a mountain of things for our engineers to develop. What I’m interested in and what I have specifically requested is that we define a list of priorities and stick to it.”

“One aspect we will definitely be looking at is the relationship between the turbo engine and the electric energy recovery systems – and there’s much to do in this area. On the other hand, we return to Maranello knowing that the figures we saw from the car during the design phase have been correlated at the track and that’s already a good starting point.” (Ferrari-GP247)

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  • Tamburello1994

    Haha – Felipe gets the last laugh. (so far anyway)

    Put Ferrari in the ” we need another testing session” to get on some sure footing category. Maybe they weren’t sandbagging it after all . . Maybe they are putting on the performance of their lives . . . I probably could present good arguments for both positions! Clearly reliability will be the key early on. I don’t think anybody is really sure what they have right about now. We may have to get to Spain before we get a clear picture how this season will shake out.

  • karlich

    I doubt they will be contenders for top honors in the constructors or drivers championship, but they will for sure be in the top 3 and, I am afraid, squeeze out Red Bull from a top 3 finish this year. Oh well… at least I hope to see some pushing and shoving between Alonso and Kimi to make up for it :)


    Even worse…. Maldonado jumped ship at Williams and now they are strong. He must be pulling his hair out right now. Maybe explains the rapid bolding he has lately.

  • TheDudeson

    Domenicali is Ferrari’s big problem, like Whitmarsh was the cancer at McLaren – as long as Domenicali is around Ferrari will mediocre. They need a true leader not a guy who accepts mediocrity

  • Resultant Asteroid

    “From what we have seen so far, there are two teams out in front, Mercedes and Williams. After them, it could be us.”

    Let’s remember this, and add it to our log, cause I have a feeling it will be useful … later on ;-)))

  • Resultant Asteroid

    Yeah, … honestly, I could see the day they sack him since the “Fernando is faster than you” moment, but since there are no points for testing, I have to wait to confirm a “poetic justice” in Melbourne, and hopefully afterwards as well 😉

  • karlich

    Hmm… on one hand I’d love to see Felipe put Ferrari in their right place – that is – behind his Williams. On the other hand – although I really don’t have too much sympathy for him – I am still convinced Alonso was / is the far better driver package than Felipe ever will be no matter what car he drives.

  • KevinW

    Part of their strength is that Maldonado is gone. They guy is a cancer to whatever team he lands in. Last season the race engineers gave up trying to give him instructions – he simply was not capable of following them. Not a good sign going into a new F1, where the pit wall is going to need control over their drivers more than ever. Maldonado is going to be having a very hard time this season, being beaten by Williams will just feed his red haze, making him an even greater liability.

  • Imran

    The Presence of Felipe in Williams-Mercedes gives a big impact.. Best wishes for them.. Maldonado became egoistic after his first win.. Losing to Bottas was a shame for a more experienced driver.. LOL