Todt: Ferrari will learn from '07 errors
|By Jonathan Noble and Matt Beer||Monday, October 22nd 2007, 10:49 GMT|
Ferrari team boss Jean Todt says the squad will learn from the glitches that affected their 2007 season - even though Kimi Raikkonen was eventually able to snatch the title from the McLaren drivers at the final round.
Although Raikkonen won more races than any other driver this year, he also suffered some costly retirements, and was 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton with two races to go.
"We have been trying to face where we can improve, what did not go well enough over the weekend and it is a big focus," Todt told reporters at Interlagos.
"But I always said, that we are not genius. But we are amongst ourselves, proper people blowing the wind in the right direction and it makes us go quick, even if some times we go in the wrong direction."
During the more difficult parts of Ferrari's season there were suggestions that the team was suffering from the loss of Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn's guiding influence after 2006.
Todt said he was not willing to compare the current team structure with the 'dream team' of the early 2000s.
"It was a transition year. We knew there was no point to go back again on the reasons why it was different than it was over the last years," he said.
"We knew it was a different challenge but that is what we like. We knew we had everything to be successful and we have to learn out of what we did not do properly out of this year to be better next year.
"You know, for me the most fascinating thing is a human being. And you don't compare people. So I will not compare Michael to Kimi, I will not compare Mario Almondo or Aldo Costa to Ross Brawn or Rory Byrne.
"But we have common points - they are dedicated people, willing to do the best they can, with team spirit. And the most important thing is to make sure that we have the overall level. And the mentality and the determination."
He was unwilling to comment on continued speculation about his own future at Ferrari.
"My future now with the team is to have a quick dinner with them tonight, which was already planned," Todt joked. "I need to fly later to Europe, so that is my nearest future."