Domenicali wants Ferrari to go on the attack with development programme
|By Jonathan Noble||Monday, July 30th 2012, 11:17 GMT|
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali wants his team to go on the attack with an aggressive development push for its car, despite Fernando Alonso increasing his championship lead at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Alonso is now 40 points clear of Mark Webber in the drivers' championship but, after a weekend when Ferrari was outperformed on track, Domenicali is aware of the challenges that lie ahead.
"It is very difficult because at the moment we have seen that there are cars that are faster than us," he explained.
"We need to improve the level of performance and be cool on that, because last weekend [at Hockenheim] we were the quickest in all conditions and in Hungary we were not.
"We need to keep on developing because otherwise the others will improve and it will be more difficult to be in defensive mode. So the key of the season is to keep pushing and, when we have a situation like in Hungary, to gain points."
Domenicali says that Alonso did an impressive job in Hungary to extend his lead on an afternoon when the team was struggling for pace.
"Fernando did a great race and we knew we were in defensive mode, so to be in front of two cars of [Jenson] Button and [Mark] Webber, who were faster than us is very important.
"We came here knowing it was a difficult grand prix for us, but going home having increased the points gap is very good. I think that Fernando can go on holiday and relax because he has had a fantastic first part of the season."