'Ferrari must find more performance'
Domenicali and Alonso concede current level of pace won't be enough for the title
Last Updated: September 24, 2012 12:44pm
Stefano Domenicali has warned his Ferrari team that they cannot continue to rely on their rivals tripping themselves up in the title race if they are to end the season as World Champions.
Championship leader Fernando Alonso once again ably demonstrated his ability to maximise the performance of the package at his disposal by coming from fifth on the grid to finish third in the Singapore GP, his eighth podium appearance in 14 races this season.
Yet although his pre-race closest title rival Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead, Alonso's overall points advantage was reduced by eight points to 29 as Sebastian Vettel won the grand prix - the significance of which has been been not lost on Ferrari team chief Domenicali.
The Italian admits it is now vital that Ferrari improve the competitiveness of the F2012, although stressed that it was the quality, and not quantity, of the upgrades brought to the car between now and Brazil that would be decisive in wake of the team having had to abandon a new rear wing on Saturday morning.
"There are six Grands Prix to go to the end of the season and clearly, we need to make a step forward in terms of performance, because we cannot rely purely on the misfortune of others," Domenicali said on Sunday night.
"Where we need to improve a lot is on circuits that require maximum aerodynamic downforce.
"Having said that, we mustn't over react as it's better to bring a few updates that work rather than bringing too many. This is the area where we need to improve and it will be one of our priorities in the coming days."
He added that maintaining the F2012's impressive reliability record was also critical in light of the repeated reliability problems suffered recently by both Red Bull and McLaren.
"The other, which is as always the number one priority, will be reliability: the further on the championship goes, the higher the price you pay for the slightest error," Domenicali added.
Alonso himself, while describing the end result in Singapore as "very positive", agreed that Ferrari couldn't continue to get by with only qualifying on the third row at best.
"For sure, we need to improve the performance we saw here," the Spaniard said.
"We struggled all weekend. Positions five and 13 for our cars [on the grid] is not what we were hoping for so we need to be in a better position in Suzuka. Maybe Silverstone is also quite similar to Suzuka and we were quite OK there so hopefully we can repeat that kind of performance."