Formula One: Ferrari confident of being competitive

Stefano Domenicali

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Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali is confident his team can dodge back disappointing performance in Monte Carlo.

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali is confident that the team can bounce back from a disappointing performance in Monte Carlo and be competitive again at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Scuderia lost ground on leading constructor Red Bull – who saw Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finish second and third respectively

– and are now 41 points off the pace in the standings.

Ferrari only secured six points through Fernando Alonso coming home in seventh place, with the Spaniard falling further behind Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship, 29 points now separating him from the German.

Felipe Massa of course had a disaster, crashing twice in the principality in the same place at Ste Devote, due to suspension failure in the race after making a mistake himself during qualifying.

Domenicali is keen to consign the last outing to the past and feels it was an ‘isolated incident’ rather than a reason to fear for the rest of the season.

“The Monaco GP was not an easy weekend for the team,” Domenicali said.

“Since then, we have been working hard.

“First of all studying all the data to see why we had not performed as expected and from that point, we have been looking ahead, setting up the cars in the completely different configuration required of Montreal, as we go from the highest downforce track of the year to the one where we will use the least downforce of any track we have visited so far this season.

“Looking at the first six races overall, our car has proved to be strong with very good characteristics in the majority of cases, even if, at times, other teams have proved to be faster.

“I think the Montreal circuit should allow us to exploit those strong points such as braking, which is a key factor at this track, so let’s hope that works in our favour.”

Alonso does at least have happy memories of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, having won there in 2006, although he has only picked up one podium finish since when finishing third in 2010.

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