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Todt: we still need to push hard 10 Jul 2007

Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2007 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007 stalled on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007

Although Ferrari have enjoyed two consecutive wins at Magny-Cours and Silverstone, CEO Jean Todt believes the team must remain focused on improving performance and reliability if they are to further challenge McLaren’s lead in the championship.

Kimi Raikkonen dominated the French and British races, taking victory at each, despite not clinching pole position at either event. The apparent superiority of Ferrari’s current pace meant Raikkonen was able to beat Fernando Alonso’s best time at Silverstone in the McLaren by over four-tenths and Lewis Hamilton’s fastest time in the second MP4-22 by over a second. Nevertheless, Todt is keen to guard against complacency.

“I don't have any idea what will be the situation for the coming races,” the Frenchman told Ferrari’s official website. “That's why we need to push hard and try to improve as much as we can, on the car and definitely on the reliability, because we have had too many problems with the reliability since the beginning of the season.”

The Frenchman’s concerns about reliability appear particularly relevant following Felipe Massa’s problems after Sunday's formation lap. Although Massa qualified in fourth, he suffered an as yet undiagnosed technical problem and stalled on the grid. Forced to start the race from the pit lane, Massa fought his way up the field and eventually finished in fifth.

“When Felipe went to the grid, he informed us by radio that after finishing the burn-out the engine stalled,” explained Todt. “For the time being, we have not understood what was the reason. It's something that was wrong with the car; he didn't do anything which caused the problem.”

With nine rounds of the season complete, Ferrari trail McLaren by 25 points in the constructors’ championship, 103 to 128. BMW Sauber lie in third on 56.