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Domenicali: Ferrari mustn't overreact

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21/03/2019

Former Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali, has warned his old team not to overreact following its miserable Melbourne.

The Italian, who left Ferrari in early 2014 having joined the Maranello outfit in 1991 after graduating from Bologna University, is now CEO at Lamborghini in addition to being president of the FIA's Single-Seater Commission.

Attending last weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, where Ferrari's pre-season testing dominance all but disappeared, and Sebastian Vettel had to rely on team assistance to hold off the attentions of Charles Leclerc, thereby allowing the German to claim fourth, Domenicali insists that Melbourne is not a typical circuit and therefore the Maranello outfit mustn't overreact.

"Yes, that was a difficult weekend for them," he tells Speed Week. "Ferrari could not show a normal level of performance, but let us not forget that Melbourne is a special place. That's why, for me, Bahrain is the more reliable gauge for me.

"In Australia, the car was too slow," he admits, "and I don't know if it was the tyres or the chassis or the engine.

"If I look at the speed and the lap times, it is clear that something did not go normally there, but they should not overreact now. We will find out in Bahrain what the real situation is."

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1. Posted by Yougofirst, 24/03/2019 19:06

"I am a Ferrari fan who was greatly disappointed in Australia and am sure they are working very hard to catch up, not finding speed lost. Everyone is looking for more speed including the two who have already out performed them. There is never a time to "overreact" but much more work is needed."

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2. Posted by 4-Wheel Drifter, 23/03/2019 14:29

"I couldn't agree more with Tardis40. Ferrari needs to understand that no one is in awe of red cars anymore and for a very good reason: they are not the best. Not even second best. The last few campaigns have shown that when every thing goes right and they are lucky they can win. At Mercedes when things go wrong and they are unlucky, they can still win. End of story. When you spend the money and get the best people available the best car appears. Red Bull with Sebastian already proved that. Now Mercedes is re-writing the record books. The only hope for the rest is that when they have shown the world what they are, they will retire again and rest on their laurels. Probably until F1 goes all electric."

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3. Posted by Tardis40, 22/03/2019 14:10

"That's the point of view that has gotten them nowhere, Stefano."

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