Ferrari technical director Pat Fry says that one of the main rivals McLaren is very strong on very different circuits. But Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso still clear safe points difference with both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the drivers’ championship.
Last two Grand Prix’s at Hungary and Belgium McLaren took top podiums with POLE; it was specially two different characteristic circuits. Updates to the MP4-27 have helped Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button wins the last two races.
“From a technical point of view, the outcome of the race shows that the McLaren is very strong on very different circuits like Budapest and Spa, therefore we still have a lot of work to do to get to their level,” Fry said.
“Red Bull too was competitive but I think that Fernando could have had the better of them if he’d raced. We now look forward to the special event that is Monza, both because it is the Scuderia’s home race and also because it is held on a track that is now unique on the current calendar in terms of its characteristics. It’s hard to say now if we will be competitive at the highest level, but clearly we will do all in our power to succeed.”
“Unfortunately, incidents like the one that put Fernando out of the race are part of racing, even it’s not nice to see a driver have to retire after a few metres, when both he and his team are totally blameless.”
“ The relief obviously stems from the fact Fernando is fine: it was a very risky situation and seeing one car fly over his, a few centimetres above his helmet left us with our hearts in our mouths for a few tenths of a second. What is not looking so good is his car: there will be a lot of unexpected work to do for the guys in Maranello to get it prepared for Monza.”