Stefano Domencali says that Ferrari has a lot of work to do before the next race in Malaysia – and is adamant that there won’t be any allocation of blame between the engine and chassis departments for the team’s form in Australia.
“We have a lot of things to do,” he said. “And what we need to do is to go home and make sure that the things that have to be are solved in the group are clear, with a clear responsibility. And then full stop, and no other discussion.
“We had some issue which was related to the fact that we couldn’t really use full power every lap, so it was connected to some bigger issue that we have to manage. I really hope that we will ready to be at a certain level, or at least to solve the issue that we had, already at the next race in Malaysia.
Regarding fuel consumption he said: “For sure that area is an area where we know we need to improve. You know it seems not logical, but the more power that you have, the less you stay on full throttle. We have also benefit on the fuel consumption side. So it’s like the cat has to bite the tail. For sure that’s an area where we have to improve a lot, but I don’t want to focus only on that, because also the car has to be improved.
“It’s a matter of everyone doing his job, and making sure they are focussed on what they have to do at home, without trying to say this is your fault, my fault. As a team we need to react together, and that’s what I’ve asked to all my engineers and all my people.”
Domenicali says the team will also focus on helping Kimi Raikkonen, who has had more problems with the F14 T than his team mate.
“I think we need to help Kimi in trying to find the right balance with the car, helping him because he deserves that. I think there was an improvement during the days. We are still not where we want, because this is something that as a team we want to make sure that everything will be done in order to help his driving style. I’m also sure that for Malaysia will be much better.”