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Domenicali: We must never accept we are beaten 21 Aug 2013

Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 10 May 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 14 April 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has stressed the importance of the right mental approach as the Italian squad head into the second half of the season looking to close the gap to frontrunners Red Bull and Mercedes.

Ferrari won two Grands Prix earlier this year, with victories for Fernando Alonso in China and Spain, but recent rounds have seen them fade in the 2013 title race. They are currently third on 194 points, 83 behind leaders Red Bull, 14 adrift of Mercedes and only 11 ahead of Lotus.

“I don’t want to see any of you not believing in our fight back,” Domenicali told the team ahead of this weekend’s Belgian race. “Each one of you must be the link in a chain of positivity that must drive the team along in what is a key moment in the season. We are Ferrari and history teaches us that we must never accept we are beaten.”

Domenicali also emphasised the role Alonso and team mate Felipe Massa must play in the team’s recovery and insisted speculation about the Scuderia's 2014 driver line-up would not be a distraction.

“Our task is very simple: namely to give Fernando and Felipe the quickest car possible. Now, their contribution will be even more essential than ever,” he continued. “We have spelt it out many times before: the driver topic is definitely not a priority.

“What counts is to give them the best possible chance of finishing ahead of everyone and, in order to succeed, each and every one of us must do our job to the best of our ability on all levels. If they have a winning car in their hands, then I am convinced they will know how to win with it. If we all believe, then we can do it!”

Ferrari have not won a constructors’ championship since 2008 and the last man to lift the drivers’ title with the team was Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

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