Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Domenicali praises Massa’s “return to form” in Malaysia

2011 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011
Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domicali says Felipe Massa’s performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix marked a “return to form” for the driver.

Massa finished fifth in Sepang after being delayed by a slow pit stop earlier in the race.

Domenicali said: “Felipe drove to a very high standard, showing a return to form and Fernando was very aggressive, which is always good for a driver.”

He said Massa’s problem in the pits highlighted another area where the team need to improve: “The trend for more tyre changes means our pit stop crew guys are always under pressure, so the chance of making mistakes is higher.

“If Formula 1 has always been a case of having a package made up of the driver and the team, then that is even more the case now requiring a different approach to the races.”

Domenicali added the team are making “a big push to understand our lack of performance.”

“We need to push a lot to upgrade our aero package because aerodynamics is the key to it all. We will try and bring as quickly as possible the upgrades, maybe already in China, that we require.

“We need to understand as soon as possible why the performance on track has not matched the figures coming out of the wind tunnel. If we have not a clear picture, then we need to change the direction of the work we are doing in terms of development.”

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