Ferrari make development vow
Ferrari have promised no let-up in the 'intense' development work they have undertaken which has propelled them into genuine title contenders.
The Maranello outfit have steadily transformed the competitiveness of the F2012 since the first race of the season in Australia, when both of their cars failed to make it into the top-10 Qualifying run-off.
With the aid of a new exhaust configuration last time out in Canada, Fernando Alonso qualified a strong third and then challenged for Ferrari's first dry-weather victory since 2010 until the team's bold one-stop strategy unravelled in the closing stages.
Speaking ahead of Alonso's second home race of the season in Valencia this weekend, Ferrari's Chief Designer Nikolas Tombazis said that while the team could be pleased with the progress made since the dark early days of the season, they hadn't reached their ultimate goal yet and therefore it was essential they maintained a fast rate of development all the way to Brazil in November.
"At the moment, we are reasonably satisfied with the point we are at now, given where we started from, however, we cannot be totally happy, as we are not in a position to dominate races, or indeed to win all of them, which is always one's objective," he said.
"We have very strong competitors who are also continuing to develop their cars and we feel this technology race will continue to the end of the season.
"Our work is continuing at the same intensity and, our plan is to introduce developments at every race, starting with Valencia: this weekend we will be experimenting with the front wing and the floor, while having further evolutions of the exhausts.
"We already have other updates in the pipeline for subsequent races and I believe this will continue right through to the very last race."
Tombazis admitted it had been "intense over the past few months" for the team as they strived to turn around the F2012's fortunes. He added that the subsequent improvements had served to boost the morale at Maranello and reaffirm the team's belief in their abilities.
"Rightly or wrongly there is an expectation that, as Ferrari, we must be winning every race and always be competitive," he added.
"At the start of the season we were in an uncompetitive situation, which was a big shock for me personally and for my colleagues. It has been a hard few months, but we put our heads down and tackled the problem calmly and I think the last few races have been a morale boost for all of us: it has made us believe we can get the job done."