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GP Week : Issue 201
"This weekend, which was difficult for the team and the drivers, ended with a less than spectacular race in which we unfortunately lacked the pace to make up places from our grid positions,” concluded Ferrari chassis director Pat Fry, to some degree stating the obvious. “Considering how difficult it is to over take at this track, the star t could have made the difference, but the positions remained more or less the same throughout the order. “If fuel consumption wasn't much of a problem, tyre degradation af fected the race from start to finish. Apart from the two Mercedes, the lap times of the various teams were ver y similar, which meant the chances of being able to carry out or be subjected to an undercut, along with managing the traf fic, took priority over the strategy choices. “The gap to the leaders is certainly not a surprise and will not discourage us as we tackle the work we must do to improve our car. Now we will try and make the most of the two test days this coming week here in Montmelo to move for ward on the development of the F14 T.” Fernando Alonso, having been stuck behind the sister car for most of the race, three- stopped and, while that got him past Kimi, the over-all position stayed much the same: “ T he decision to go for a three stop strategy was taken in an attempt to cover Vettel, but unfor tunately I lost the place at the pit stop and I only managed to make up one, on Kimi, who was impossible to pass when we were on the same tyres. “Our pace was too slow compared to the leaders and on top of that, not making up any places at the start didn't help. The gap to the best is nothing new and today's result confirms the fact our rivals are strong on both the per formance and the reliability fronts, but until it is mathematically impossible to catch them we will continue to believe and do all we can to catch up.” Ferrari: marking time MINING THE RAREST DIAMONDS 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPAIN PARTNERS: