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Domenicali: Mercedes and Williams out in front

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03/03/2014

Following pre-season testing which posed far more questions than it answered, Stefano Domenicali believes there is a pecking order but that it will quickly change.

From the outset the Mercedes runners had both pace and reliability, and while the works team and McLaren had a difficult final test they are still very much in the reckoning as are Force India and, possibly the true stars of testing, Williams.

While some teams, most notably Red Bull and Lotus struggled, Domenicali believes it would be foolish to write off either team, claiming that lessons will have been learned from the last few weeks.

"I believe, we could see big changes from the first race to the second and from the second to the third, with everyone bringing in developments all the time," said the Ferrari boss. "At first, reliability will be the key, because without it you don't score points. I also think that some teams that are struggling at the moment will be able to catch up, while teams that currently seem to have a slight advantage could see a plateau in their performance, allowing the others to close the gap.

"From what we have seen so far, there are two teams out in front, Mercedes and Williams," he admitted. "After them, it could be us."

"The rule changes for this season have been so radical that I'd say to get a consensus you would need further tests before the championship gets underway," he continued. "In our case, we are taking a lot of data back home, which we will now analyse in depth. Some aspects deserve more attention to achieve the performance level we are looking for, while others maybe just need a bit of fine tuning. Once back in Maranello, we will do all in our power to rectify the things that aren't working properly yet, so that we can be as well prepared as possible in Melbourne.

"From our side, we know there is still a mountain of things for our engineers to develop," he admitted. "What I'm interested in and what I have specifically requested is that we define a list of priorities and stick to it. One aspect we will definitely be looking at is the relationship between the turbo engine and the electric energy recovery systems and there's much to do in this area. On the other hand, we return to Maranello knowing that the figures we saw from the car during the design phase have been correlated at the track and that's already a good starting point."

Chris Balfe

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1. Posted by ok2look, 04/03/2014 9:05 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 04/03/2014 14:11)

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2. Posted by Kkiirmki, 03/03/2014 19:21

"I would love to see Williams at the top again, well deserved after some well made changes and acquisitions to the team. Ferrari's rather conservative approach to their car design is going to hurt them this year, pity as I really wan't to see Kimi do well. "

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3. Posted by ape, 03/03/2014 11:36

"I will feel pity for Kimi , but i will enjoy when Ferrari is again the loser in the championships this year ."

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