Fry downbeat on Ferrari

Technical director expects Italian team to struggle in Melbourne

Last Updated: 04/03/12 9:42pm

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Ferrari have struggled in pre-season testing

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Ferrari technical director Pat Fry admits his team will struggle even to get on to the podium in the opening race in Australia later this month.

The Italian team has been one of the big disappointments of the pre-season testing campaign, although Fernando Alonso did post the second fastest time on the final day in Barcelona.

But Fry was not particularly bullish when asked if he thought there was a chance of a positive result in Melbourne.

He said, on Ferrari's website: "In the hunt for the podium in Melbourne? At the moment I'd say no.

"We are disappointed with the performance level seen at these tests and I think we have a lot of work ahead of us.

"It will only be in Melbourne that we will get a clear answer as to whether we have to be very disappointed or just a little, how far we really are off the front runners and consequently how much ground we have to make up to get there.

"Clearly the decision relating to the exhausts that we took last week meant we took a few steps backwards in terms of development. How much? Difficult to say right now."

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