Ferrari has vowed to accelerate the development of the F10 – after admitting that it focused too much of its efforts on configuring its F-duct system.
Despite having not won a race since Bahrain, the Italian team remain right in the title hunt, with Fernando Alonso narrowly missing out on victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. As a result, the Spanish driver’s efforts appear to have revigorated the team, with a major upgrade expected in Valencia.
However, team boss Stefano Domenicali believes that Ferrari must now redouble its efforts for the rest of the season if it is keep up with McLaren and Red Bull.
“For sure there is a need for a more aggressive push,” Domenicali is quoted as saying by Autosport. “It was clear that we had concentrated too much effort on this blown rear wing – we spent a lot of effort there, being not focused on the other areas of the car.
“From Valencia onwards the focus will be to develop other areas of the car apart from this blown rear wing, because it is a complicated system that took a lot of resources out of our team.”
Although the Italian was happy to see his team fighting for victory in Canada, after a disasterous showing in Turkey, he admitted that the result could have been much better.
“We could have done much, much, more in terms of result,” said Domenicali. “The performance that we had was really good, honestly, and the car was exactly the same as it was in Turkey where we were nine tenths behind.
“We need to be prudent before we do something exaggerated on one side or another. For sure the tyres are a key factor and here we did the right choices in that respect.”
He added: “Going back to the championship, it is very, very open. I did a calculation that if we had won the race we would be leading the championship with Fernando.
“It means that everything is really very, very open and that is the motivation that we should have inside to make sure that we push race-by-race. Canada gave a picture that was totally different from the picture we had two weeks ago.”