So Felipe Massa reckons that the World Championship is still open for Ferrari and Fernando Alonso? While it's hard to see either team or driver closing what is more a points chasm than a points gap to the runaway leaders, it's not inconceivable that the prancing horse will be the team galloping up alongside the charging Red Bulls at the front of the field in the second half of the season. After the exhaust blown diffuser controversy of the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, the question is whether Ferrari's Silverstone form is a flash in the pan or down to circumstance.
Chances are it's a little of both, but Ferrari has unquestionably been on an upward curve since its wind tunnel woes were comprehended. The upgrade package taken to May's Spanish GP was the first step in Ferrari's 'true' development path and, as Alonso said at Silverstone, the parts put on the car are producing exactly the performance levels expected. It's a far cry from where the team was at the end of testing and in the early races, and suggests that fundamentally it just might have a car with more raw potential than McLaren.
By the time we get to the midway point of the season, halfway through the German GP, we should have a clear idea of whether it will be the silver or the red corner that can post the biggest threat to Red Bull for race wins. And if McLaren can't reassert itself over its old nemesis Ferrari, it will be a gloomy omen for the rest of the year. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton haven't had cause to be universally delighted with their team's performance over the past month, but it's nothing that a win, or at least a run at victory, wouldn't put right.