Ferrari must focus more of its effort onto improving its qualifying form if it is to stand a good chance of winning the World Championship this year. That is the view of team principal Stefano Domenicali, who believes that the edge that Red Bull Racing has enjoyed in qualifying this season must be closed down.
"One thing that we need to work toward perhaps in a little bit of a different way is to prepare qualifying," said Domenicali. "We know that qualifying is really important and we saw that our major competitor seems to be, at least from what we have seen in the times, a little bit better than us on that moment of the weekend."
Like many teams, Ferrari is planning to bring an upgrade package for the Spanish Grand Prix, and Domenicali is under no illusions about the effort his team needs to make to beat Red Bull Racing and McLaren.
"We are working very hard in order to bring new performance developments already for Spain because we have seen this weekend that the others have done the same," he said. "The difference between the cars is unbelievably small, and if you make a little mistake while you are driving, you move from first or second to seventh or eighth position. That is the way it is with this championship. We knew it, and that is the way that we will approach it.
"But, on the other side, and as we have always said since the beginning, the competition is very tight. It is very tough. And we don't have to give up and push like hell in order to make sure that the new step that we will bring at every race will be enough, because we did a step in this race but we have seen that the others have done the same. That is the racing of this year, and that is basically the situation."