Domenicali gives Bahrain win only an 8 out of 10
Stefano Domenicali reckons Ferrari's performance over the Bahrain weekend rates only an eight out of ten as there is still room for improvement.
Qualifying second and third for the season-opening grand prix, Ferrari were forced to change the engines in both F10s on Sunday morning, stating at the time that it was a 'precautionary' measure.
The day improved for the Scuderia as Fernando Alonso went on to claim the victory, beating his team-mate Felipe Massa to the checkered flag.
There was a stage, though, when it looked as if second was the best Ferrari could hope for as Alonso was unable to close up on the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel to challenge for the lead.
In fact, one could argue that it was only due to Vettel's reliability gremlins that Alonso was even able to win the grand prix, overtaking the German when his RB6 faltered.
"If we don't rate ourselves with a good result when we achieve first and second on the podium then I don't know what to say," Domenicali told Ferrari's official website.
"But considering we had some issues that we needed to solve, I can say we can rate ourselves with an eight.
"We have just done a check of all the problems we faced in the three days we had in Bahrain.
"Of course the result in the end was very, very good - it was excellent, a first and second place in the first race.
"It was really an outstanding achievement, but we have seen the list of problems was quite high and we need to address them all and make sure that these are solved before the start of the next race in Australia."
But despite the problems encountered in Bahrain, Domenicali admits that the 1-2 finish was just what Ferrari needed to boost their spirits after a dismal 2009 campaign.
"For sure it was a very good result, a first and second place in the first race, it gave to all the people in Maranello a great relief," he said.
"It was a big emotional push I must say because we had a very difficult winter time, and don't forget what was the season last year.
"Saying that we know we have only done the first race and the season is very, very long. I would say that a good signal we have seen is that for sure the car is competitive, but it is in the field of the other competitors that want to win the Championship and we know already in the next grand prix in Melbourne the situation can be different.
"This is a different starting point though, from which we can do really good things." Planetf1.com