Stefano Domenicali, the boss of the Ferrari F1 team, has been talking about his hopes for the year ahead.
“Our goals for 2010 are to have a positive year,” he said at Madonna di Campiglio. “Last season was a difficult one for various reasons, but we are continuing with Philip Morris and our usual partners Shell and Mubadala. We have new support from Santander. This is the base to enable us to move forward serenely. Clearly our goal is to get back to the highest level of competitiveness. The first thing we need is reliability and we are working hard on this on the test beds at Maranello. The second thing is that we need a car that is aerodynamically competitive from the start of the season and to continuously develop that in order to fight for the championship. The ingredients are there so that is our goal.”
Domenicali admits that fuel efficiency will be important.
“We are working hard with Shell to achieve this. We think we are going in the right direction, but we have to respect our rivals. Certainly in 2010 the engine will be more important than before.”
The Ferrari chief says that he does not expect problems between the two drivers: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Massa will do the first tests with the new car but will then hand over and Fernando will do the second and third days of the first test in Valencia.
“We have a strong pairing,” he says. “They know the rules of the team. We have to give them a competitiev car. We will keep our feet on the ground. ”