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Ferrari is not celebrating its star driver Fernando Alonso’s lead in the drivers’ championship and the team’s second place in the constructors’ standings halfway into the season just yet.
The Italian squad is worried about the strength of its rivals indicating that the current position in the championship has largely been through Alonso’s efforts, confessing - as it has been since the season started - that it needs to improve.
“I am concerned, more so than the day after Valencia,” Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said on the team’s website. “I see very strong opponents: McLaren has made great progress, Red Bull is very strong, Sauber had a race pace that was a match for ours and Lotus is very strong at times.
“Therefore, we have to be very careful: after we had a difficult start to the season, maybe our rivals did not expect to see Ferrari capable of fighting back this strongly, but now they will redouble their efforts to beat us,” he explained. “Therefore, we must stay very focussed and continue our efforts to improve continuously.”
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was under no illusion either.
“The fact we are leading the drivers’ championship with Fernando does not lull us into thinking that everything is fine and we’re cruising along with the wind in our sails; quite the contrary in fact,” Domenicali said echoing di Montezemolo’s assessment.
“There is still a long road ahead of us, with plenty of obstacles along the way. The first and currently the most dangerous one is to catch this sense of euphoria that comes from the outside. But I’m calm about this because I am immune to these things!” he added.