Ferrari still needs to close the gap – Stefano Domenicali

Ferrari tem Principal Stefano Domenicali says that 2012 Ferrari needs to close the gap with main rivals, and specially targeting more down-force for F2012.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso currently leading drivers’ championship and The Italian team is now third in the constructors’ championship.

“We must not forget that we still need to close the gap, working right to the end [of the season], always striving to improve the car,” he told Ferrari’s website.

“The fact the classification is so close means there are a lot of strong competitors. Therefore, I repeat that what we need to do is to work on the development of the car at home to bring to the track what it is we are lacking.

“The most important thing I would say is to get more downforce on the car without losing efficiency. So we need to maintain speed while having enough downforce to maintain traction in the slow corners, while maintaining the strong points of the car, which are in any case important.”

“Inevitably we will bring some updates aimed at the Canadian track, as indeed we plan to do at all the races, as will everyone else. This championship in the end will be won by whoever is able to bring to the track things that work well on the car and specifically those who know how to get the tyres working in perfect fashion.”

“Everything seems to work, not as at the start of the championship when some of the updates were negative and we were a little bit lost, so now we are happy not for the result, not for the pace which we understand that we need to improve – we are not the fastest out there – but happy for the direction that it seems we are in,” he said in Monaco. “Everything that we put on the car seems positive, so the next couple of weeks will be important.”

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