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Domenicali plots Ferrari comeback
Rome, Apr 7 (Agencies):
Published on 8 Apr. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali is refusing to panic despite his teams “unacceptable” start to the new Formula One season. The legendary marque, who have won the constructors’ championship a record 16 times, are without a point from the opening two races for the first time since 1992. Mistakes and problems in Australia and Malaysia have been rife, and Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa have suffered the consequences. Ferrari now have a chance to regroup ahead of the next grand prix in Shanghai in a fortnight’s time when Domenicali will be demanding an end to their woes. “We want to make sure that people with certain responsibilities are taking the right decisions in the right way. “But the one thing I think the team has learned over these past two weekends is that we were very strong in the past, even in difficult moments, and we need to be strong now. “We know our car is not the number one, so this is the reason why all the people need to understand this difficult situation and we need to react. “That is the only medicine we need because what has happened is not acceptable. I am not accepting it.” It would be easy for fingers to be pointed, particularly relating to the call that saw Massa sit in his garage late in qualifying on Saturday believing his time was acceptable, only to start 16th. Then during yesterday’s storm-lashed race, Raikkonen was placed on the wrong tyre during his first pit stop, forcing him in again soon after when the torrential rain eventually hit. They were choices that cost Ferrari points, leaving Domenicali to add: “With hindsight it’s clear we took some wrong decisions, especially in Kimi’s case at his first pit stop. “The information we had at the time was the storm was due to hit in a very short time, when in fact it took a few more minutes for the rain to come. “Felipe was very unlucky because another 40 seconds or so and he could have stayed on track with the extreme wet tyres, finishing in a good position at the end of the race. “It means that from now we have to dig deep and react, to change our mentality and accept we are in a different situation to the past. “It means we have to tackle it with a different approach, both on track and in Maranello.” Domenicali is refusing to allow blame to be attached to seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher, who in his role of advisor appears to have made little impact. When asked whether such mistakes should be made with Schumacher on board, a stern Domenicali replied: “I was expecting that question. “But I do not want to give an answer, just as I don’t want to say who decided what during this race. “It is something we will discuss internally, not something we will discuss outside.”

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