Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali expects the 2011 season to be harder than last year.
Speaking at the launch of Ferrari’s 2011 F1 car Domenicali said:
I think that there are too many very, very good teams so I would not underestimate anyone. I’m expecting Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren, and some other teams that will see something during the year.
And of course on the drivers’ side all the world championship drivers plus the new, talented drivers. So it will be a tough season, we know that.
This season will be as difficult as it was in 2010, maybe more, because I’m expecting more teams to win more races so the challenge will be much higher. And I’m expecting to have another end at the last race this year.
Fernando Alonso goes into the season looking to win his first world championship for Ferrari while Felipe Massa is under pressure after a poor season in 2010.
Domenicali added that it was an important year for both his drivers:
I briefly met them at “Wrooom” the other week in Campiglia. I saw both of them very motivated. They both realise that, for different reasons, it’s an important, crucial season for both of them and for the team.
Having fallen short of the title in the final round this year Domenicali’s goal for 2011 is a simple one:
Our goal is to win the championships. We know it is not easy but that, for sure, is the target we want to achieve.
Ferrari 2011 F1 car launch