Slow return to top not possible for Ferrari

A steady regroup is not possible for the Ferrari team, Stefano Domenicali has claimed. The famous Italian team’s boss admitted in Shanghai that while the F2012 was eight tenths off the genuine dry pace in Malaysia, the gap is even bigger this weekend.

Technical chief Pat Fry, a Briton who used to work at McLaren, warned that Ferrari needs to change its “fundamental methodologies” in order to return to the front.

Mercedes, arguably with a faster car than Ferrari in 2012, has spoken of a steady push towards a title tilt that could take several years. But Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari president, has hinted Maranello’s problems could be firmly in the past in a matter of races.

So is a three-year plan possible for Ferrari, a team either revered by its Tifosi or said to be in deep crisis?

“No,” Domenicali firmly told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper. “If I said that publicly, I would have a lot of problems and I would have to move somewhere high in the Dolomites,” he joked.


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