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Ferrari could not handle Red Bull's pace in the dry

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has described this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix as “vital” after a disappointing start to the season for the Scuderia.

The team were a second slower than Sebastian Vettel during qualifying in Malaysia and have scored only 36 points this season, half as many as Red Bull.

Technical director Aldo Costa, his deputy Pat Fry and Domenicali all returned to Maranello after Sunday’s race to assess the problems – much like they did two weeks ago after the Australian Grand Prix.

“The main problem we need to deal with is our performance the day before the race in qualifying which is not at the same level as the teams that are currently best,” said Domenicali.

“It is vital for us to react immediately, because we have seen how rapidly things can change in Formula 1. In terms of strategy we can say our race in Sepang was a good one, because our choices proved to be the right ones and the fact we were unable to bring home more points was down to other causes.”

His comments come just a day after Ferrari President Luca di Montezemelo backed the under-performing outfit.

“I am definitely not satisfied with the way the season has begun, but I have complete faith in the people here who know how to react when the situation is tough,” he said.

Domenicali said he was happy with his two drivers, despite the low-scoring returns: “Felipe drove to a very high standard, showing a return to form and Fernando was very aggressive, which is always good for a driver.”

“Back at the factory we have to have a big push to understand our lack of performance,” said the team principal.

 “We need to push a lot to upgrade our aero package because aerodynamics is the key to it all. We will try and bring as quickly as possible the upgrades, maybe already in China, that we require.”

A return to form cannot come soon enough for the team who have seen Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel win four consecutive races.


Chris Dyer hopes for a return to form in Malaysia

Ferrari are hoping updates to their 2011 car will make them more competitive in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.


The team struggled to replicate their promising pre-season pace in Australia two weeks as Fernando Alonso qualified fifth and Felipe Massa eighth.

In the race the team fared better with Alonso finishing fourth and Massa seventh, following the exclusion of the Sauber team. The Brazilian set the fastest lap and Alonso the second fastest.

“After the opening round in Australia, we have spent a lot of time analysing all the data acquired in Melbourne and one clear fact is that our race pace there was definitely better than the one we had in qualifying,” deputy technical director Chris Dyer told Ferrari’s official website.

Stefano Domenicali and several engineers flew back to Europe during the two-week break in the wake of their poor show in Australia.

“After analysing qualifying and race data from Melbourne, there are already things we plan to change and improve for Malaysia,” said Pat Fry, assistant technical director.

“We have also added a further three or four test items and probably there will be even more new parts to test arriving in the few days between the Malaysia and China races. It’s a case of constant development throughout the season,” he said.

 Ferrari have not won at Sepang since Kimi Raikkonen took the chequered flag back in 2008.


Prancing Horse has lost its way

Stefano Domenicali and several other top Ferrari engineers have made an unscheduled flight back to Europe as they attempt to understand their surprising lack of pace in Australia.

Ferrari, considered to be a close second behind Red Bull in pre-season testing, could only manage fourth with Fernando Alonso and ninth with Felipe Massa. The Brazilian was later classified seventh after Sauber were disqualified.

A statement on the Ferrari website said: “Eighteen points is without a doubt not the sort of haul that lives up to our expectations. No one at Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro can hide from the reality that this was not the start to the championship we wanted or hoped for.

Clearly, there is plenty for the men from Maranello to get their teeth into and there is an absolute determination to react immediately so as to turn up in much better shape in Malaysia.”

The Malaysian Grand Prix is in two weeks’ time.