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Ferrari to switch its focus of development on 2012 from September



Aug.07 – The Italian F1 outfit Ferrari target to switch its focus of improvement to its 2012 competitor from the beginning of September, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali confirmed through the Wrooom Summer 2011 event at the Scuderia’s traditional Madonna di Campiglio retreat.

“At the start of September, we will concentrate solely on next year, because we have already defined all the updates for the 150° Italia [the 2011 car], at least up until mid-October,” said Domenicali. “Sure, if something was to change, then we would react accordingly. In fact, apart from the area that concerns the exhausts, [and] on August 23 the Technical Working Group should shed some light on all the grey areas, the regulations are practically unchanged and therefore, development on today’s car can also be useful for next year.

Stefano said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that Ferrari must be to improve its starting point in 2012.

“If you have to do some fine-tuning you can do it, but otherwise you will lose a lot of time on development of the new car,” he said. “The more time we can spend on the wind tunnel the better. Because for sure what I really want to avoid is another difficult winter like the last two years. Last year for instance we had a fantastic second half of the season – incredible – and could have won the world championship. But this year we did not start so well. So this year our priority is to have a much better winter.”

Ferrari team principal said the aim for the rest of the season was to keep pushing for victories and pressurising Red Bull.

“If I had to score our season so far, I would mark it a 6+, which represents the mid-point between the terrible start and a great fight back that we saw in the second part,” he said Domenicali. “I expect we will continue down this route which has seen Fernando Alonso score more points than any other driver in the last four races, all the way to the end of the season. Our aim is to win as much as possible and to have a car that is competitive at the highest level.

“Let’s not forget that, last year, while fighting all the way to the end, we were still behind Red Bull in terms of performance. We want to close the gap, which has already been considerably reduced if not almost wiped out in the last few races.”

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