Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says his team must not carry the frustration of Fernando Alonso's non-finish in Belgium into this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso had his first retirement of the year at Spa, after being caught up in a multi-car accident that was triggered when Romain Grosjean moved across on Lewis Hamilton at the start.
That allowed several of Alonso's title rivals to close down his advantage in the points standings, and he has seen a 40-point lead reduced to just 24 points over Sebastian Vettel. But Domenicali says his team must remain calm and not wonder about what might have been if Alonso had not been forced out of the race.
"It was very frustrating no doubt, because looking at the pace of the race he could easily have been on the podium, and easily second," Domenicali explained. "Obviously, it is a big disappointment for that, for the points we could have scored.
"We know that in such a tight championship to lose points is not very good. But I cannot say more than that. When something that is not related to the performance or to the reliability but is related to bad luck – being in the wrong position in the wrong moment – then we have to put our frustration behind us and try to concentrate on the performance in Monza.
"This is fundamental; not only because we are in Italy but because we are fighting for the championship. So the frustration has to finish now."
Monza's high-speed nature means that teams have to develop one-off packages for that event. Domenicali said he hoped that Ferrari could maintain the consistent form that has been key to Alonso's title campaign so far.
"Am I confident? What I can say is that it is a one-off configuration for everybody, so we have to see how the others have prepared for Monza. In my view it was good to see in Belgium that we have recovered speed, which is important obviously, as we can see up to now, every race is different.
"From my side it is important that what has been prepared for aero, with gear ratios, with setup, is done right, because it will be a very important race for us."