Ferrari to focus on tyres, reliability

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali believes his team need to put as much effort into revising the way they use their car uses it tyres as getting on top of their reliability, after the encouragement and heartbreak of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari to focus on tyres, reliability

The Maranello-based team rebounded from their troubles in Germany to lead the way in Hungary on Sunday, when Felipe Massa delivered arguably one of the his best ever races to dominate proceedings.

However, his engine blew unexpectedly three laps from home - leaving the way clear for Heikki Kovalainen to take his maiden win.

And with Ferrari still appearing to struggle with their tyres in cool conditions and in qualifying, Domenicali wants a double-pronged attack over the next few weeks.

When asked whether the main focus would be reliability or the tyre issues that are proving so costly in terms of grid positions, Domenicali said: "I think both, although not only these two points.

"But for sure reliability, because we cannot accept to have these kind of problems, even if it was only 10 kilometres from the end. We cannot have this problem of reliability because we are paying too much of a price for it.

"On the other hand, qualifying is crucial and the difference today was really the fact that on one side we were able to jump in front and do our race as we were able to do, and on the other hand, in the first part in the middle of the field, knowing that it was really impossible to do something, in spite of having the right pace."

He added: "What we need to improve is looking ahead, above all, at the next Grand Prix where maybe there will be tricky conditions in terms of temperature, in terms of the situation, weather, something like that. For sure we need to prepare our cars and tyre set-up maybe in a different way, because we saw what we suffered, for example, in Germany."

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