Stefano Domenicali: “The only thing is to keep pushing”

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says that valuable points went astray in Canada, and admits in hindsight the team made mistakes, especially by not pitting in response to Sebastian Vettel’s second stop.

However he insists that it was a positive weekend overall, and that the team has made a step forward.

Domenicali said that the evidence suggested that staying out was the right thing to do, and that the Spaniard’s tyres had gone off unexpectedly dramatic fashion.

“At the end of the day the race was once again disappointing for myself because we didn’t bring back the points that the car that we have seen here this weekend should have provided,” he said. “This is the bitter [side] that we have today here in Canada.

“But on the other side I think the people should be happy that the car is once again on the right line in terms of competitiveness, and this is the most important thing, considering that the championship is completely open, Hamilton now is leading Fernando is second by two points. The only thing is to keep pushing and put the performance on the car, up to the moment where we at least we will not be in pole position, we cannot be happy.

“We will bring new updates for Valencia, because that’s the only way that we have to do to make sure [we progress]. As we said, the first objective is not to fight as we did here for pole position, but to be able to do a pole position after such a long time, of course there will be another evolution, but I’m sure the other teams will do the same. It’s a matter to see how the package is performing on the track, and that will be the difference.”

Domenicali expects the top three drivers to now emerge as the title contenders.

“I think that the end of the day I believe that looking how things are, the championship could be a fight between Fernando, Lewis and Sebastian, that’s what I think. Maybe after Valencia things could be different, but honestly I think the championship could evolve towards a fight between the first three drivers.”

Domenicali also defended Felipe Massa: “I think that apart from the mistake that he did in corner one, he did a really good race, when he came back into the rhythm he was really good. It was unfortunate because without that mistake he could be much higher in terms of position, 100%.”

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