Ferrari not giving up on 2013 season despite crushing defeat in Italian Grand Prix
Italian GP had been previewed as a must-win event for the Scuderia
By Pete Gill and Mike Wise at Monza. Last Updated: 08/09/13 7:04pm
Luca di Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali in the Ferrari garage at Monza
Stefano Domenicali says Ferrari will not completely switch attention to the 2014 season despite suffering an emphatic defeat to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel in what was billed as a make-or-break weekend for the Scuderia at Monza.
With Alonso now a distant 53 points behind Vettel in the Drivers' Championship, and Ferrari over 100 behind Red Bull in the Constructors' fight, it appears increasingly likely that the current season will conclude with a fourth consecutive title double for the Milton Keynes outfit. Yet despite the obvious temptation to channel all their resources towards the upcoming 'rules revolution' of 2014, Domenicali says his team will fight on.
"For sure we saw today that Red Bull were stronger and when you are playing against stronger cars you can play with strategy but it is not always easy," he said. "It is clear that Red Bull have shown great pace and the battle for the championship is difficult, but that will not change our approach.
"We will need to take the opportunities if those opportunities come. We need to stay tuned in and connected."
However, the Ferrari Team Principal also confirmed that a gradual switch in focus was already underway.
"But we are already shifting resources [to 2014], as was planned before the summer break," he added.
Ferrari are expected to announce their line-up for the 2014 season next week, with Felipe Massa's seat once again under threat and rumours rife that Kimi Raikkonen is poised to return to the team.
"We have not decided yet," clarified Domenicali ahead of a meeting with President Luca di Montezemelo. "We are putting all the evidence on the table. We are not taking an emotional point of view because we want to make all the considerations before making a decision.
"For sure, it is not an easy decision for us, so we want to take an appropriate amount of time to make the decision on our future."