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Domenicali: Ferrari must remain vigilant 16 Apr 2008

Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari Manager of F1 Operations on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Sunday, 6 April 2008

Although Ferrari have enjoyed two consecutive wins in Malaysia and Bahrain, team principal Stefano Domenicali believes the team must remain focused on improving the F2008’s performance and reliability if they are to challenge for another victory at the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix.

The Italian squad, currently hard at work at this week’s multi-team test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, endured a difficult start to the season with neither Felipe Massa nor Kimi Raikkonen finishing the Australian race. And even though Raikkonen’s win at Sepang and Massa’s in Sakhir have since bolstered Ferrarri’s championship challenge, Domenicali is keen to guard against complacency.

“We have to be aware,” the Italian told Ferrari’s official website. “We're approaching the Spanish Grand Prix with a maximum effort, keeping our feet on the ground: we were not depressed after the first race and we are not euphoric after Bahrain. We need absolute motivation and we are aware of the fact that our competitors are getting better.

“We need the best Ferrari with the best drivers, the best engineers and the best mechanics to fight them on the track.”

With three rounds of the season complete, Ferrari trail standing leaders BMW Sauber by one point, 29 to 30.