Ferrari have been worth watching this weekend, as they attempt to claw back ground lost to their rivals at the start of the season. And team boss Stefano Domenicali said that the turnaround won’t happen over night, but that the target is to have a winning car in Canada.
On Friday they ran a wide range of new parts on the car, some for use this weekend, others for possible use in Barcelona in a fortnight.
There was a new front wing, with many detail changes from the previous model, a rear wing, which seems to have got the thumbs up, a new floor, new brake details and they even ran two different exhaust configurations, one on each car.
They lost some track time with Alonso’s car due to hydraulic problems, but Massa managed to get through everything.
Having realised that their wind tunnel was giving misleading numbers, it’s all about evaluating the new direction which they believe they should take for the rest of the season.
“The most important thing (this weekend) is to confirm that we are on the right track,” Domenicali told my Italian colleagues. “We are seeking to correct quickly the mistakes from the wind tunnel, but we need time. We cannot expect a fast turnaround. The plan is to be ready to win in Canada.”
Canada was the start of the Ferrari turnaround last season, after they lost their way in April and May, having won the opening race in Bahrain.
Domenicali said that he would not make any predictions about Monaco as it is “a race where anything can happen” as Alonso knows only too painfully. He had a chance of winning last season, but crashed before qualifying and didn’t even go out in qualifying.