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Todt: Monaco rout was a one-off 29 May 2007

Former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher joins Ferrari CEO Jean Todt and Mansour Ojjeh, President of the TAG Group, on the grid

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt believes his team’s heavy defeat by McLaren in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix is unlikely to be repeated at the next round of the championship in Canada.

Felipe Massa finished third in Monte Carlo, over a minute behind the two McLarens, while team mate Kimi Raikkonen came home eighth, having started 16th on the grid following his qualifying accident.

"We all know that Monte Carlo is a specific place," Todt told Ferrari’s official website. "Take last year's race and the one before and you will see that the 2006 Monte Carlo race was different to Canada, two weeks afterwards. I would say we have some history, some documentation about that."

Todt admitted that McLaren were the quicker team, but explained that their margin of victory wasn’t purely down to superior pace. In qualifying Massa finished less than a tenth of a second behind Lewis Hamilton, but the Brazilian had other issues to contend with during the race.

“If you take it up to the first pit stop, Felipe was right behind Hamilton,” said Todt. “Then we decided to put on softer tyres, the others stayed on the harder tyres. Then Felipe took over five laps to pass one car and in those five laps he lost 15 seconds. We knew the best he could do was third unless the others in front had a problem."

Massa remains very much in touch in the driver standings - third, on 22 points, five behind Alonso and Hamilton. After his disappointing Monaco weekend, Raikkonen lies fourth, another ten points adrift. Nevertheless, Todt insists the Finn is far from out of the hunt.

"It's still very open, very open,” he said. “If there were two races to go, then a 15 point deficit would be impossible. But 15 points with 12 races to go, which is an average of 1.25 points per race, is not so much."

There is no testing between Monaco and the forthcoming back-to-back Canadian and US rounds, but Todt insisted Ferrari will be pushing hard to close the gap to their rivals, both in terms of performance and reliability.

"We have a few modifications which we will have for the next race,” explained Todt. “You must always push harder. We respect our competitors very much. They are very good, they are very strong. They have been more reliable than us at the beginning of the season. Some others are fighting hard behind us, so we have to push.”

With five rounds of the season complete, Ferrari trail McLaren by 20 points in the constructors’ championship, 56 to 76. BMW Sauber lie third on 30.