DOMENICALI:Ferrari will not win Monza - FORMULA 1


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

DOMENICALI:Ferrari will not win Monza

Ferrari will have to rely on its rivals slipping up if it is to follow its Spa triumph with a win in front of its home fans at Monza, reckons team boss Stefano Domenicali. Kimi Raikkonen's Belgian Grand Prix win was Ferrari's first since Interlagos last year, but Domenicali does not think the team's package will be as competitive on home ground this weekend.

"We know it'll be hard because our rivals have kept developing their cars while we haven't. Besides that, it's not a track suited to the characteristics of the F60. But we must be ready to take advantage of any mistake by the others."

Raikkonen hopes that he can at least continue his podium run, having finished in the top three at every race since Hungary, but he is also unsure about how Ferrari will fare at Monza.

"In Belgium we won and we want to go on like this in the last races, trying to stay on the podium. It's one of the most important GPs of the year, because we race in front of our fans and it would be great to give them satisfaction. The track is the fastest of the season and the KERS should help us just like in Spa. You need to use the kerbs well and this wasn't the strong point of our cars over the last years. We'll see what will happen as of Friday. We didn't do the usual test on the track so it's difficult to say because the cars haven't used this aerodynamic set up so far. It will be a difficult weekend, but I can promise the fans that we will give our best as usual."

Ferrari has already switched most of its developments to its 2010 car, and Domenicali added that although the Spa win had been a pleasing boost in a difficult year, there was a lot of work to do to avoid a repeat of Ferrari's poor start to 2009.

"The new car will need more efficient aerodynamics. It will be vital to quickly understand the behaviour of the new tyres, and to avoid repeating the mistake of arriving with a slow and fragile car. With the cost cuts, it would be difficult to recover."