With his job on the line, Domenicali is scrambling
Ferrari are working flat out to fix their new car but have no magic wand to improve performance for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, team principal Stefano Domenicali said on Friday.
“We have identified issues on the car and we are working at home to solve it,” he said after the first day of practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
“At the moment we need to maximize what we’re doing on the track and that’s it.
“In the race everything can happen, so we need to be focused then. And of course with no magic stick you can’t do anything,” added the Italian.
“For sure, I’m disappointed by the performance of the car, no doubt,” said Domenicali, who flew back to Maranello after Melbourne.
“I am confident that our engineers will solve the issues we have as quickly as possible because in such a close field a little step makes a difference, and in such a close battle, when you are in a difficult moment, you need to score points because everything can happen.”
Massa, whose place at the team is increasingly called into question, has been given a different chassis from Melbourne and Domenicali hoped that would help the 30-year-old.
“The problems with the car are what I said on Sunday evening after the race in Melbourne, so maybe traction in slow speed corners and speed. These are the two fundamental issues which we need to solve,” said the team boss.
“In the afternoon we went completely to the wrong side trying different things… and tomorrow I hope we can be where we can be, where we have to be,” Massa said.
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