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'We lack performance, we know it' - Ferrari
Ferrari has vowed to speed up the development of its car after technical director Pat Fry admitted there was no hiding from the deficiencies of the F2012.
After winning the Malaysian Grand Prix, Ferrari scored just two points in China last weekend as Fernando Alonso finished ninth and Felipe Massa failed to score for the third consecutive race this season. Fry is confident the car could have secured a higher finish, but admitted it is still fundamentally lacking performance.
"The result does not represent the car's true potential in race configuration but we have to accept it," he said after the race. "We lack performance, we know it, but there is no point in beating ourselves up over it: rather we need to concentrate all our efforts on improving car performance.
"Next week in Bahrain we won't have any particularly significant updates, so we cannot expect a miracle: we must try and squeeze the maximum out of what we have to work with."
Ferrari brought five updates to the Chinese Grand Prix in the hope of closing the gap to the front of the grid, but team boss Stefano Domenicali said the team must redouble its efforts to find more performance.
"At this stage, we must do the maximum on track and exploit every opportunity, but the most important work is that done in Maranello, especially on the aerodynamic development," he said. "We need to accelerate the introduction of updates and change gear. This is very long and unpredictable championship, where things can change very quickly."
Domenicali said Ferrari would continue in damage limitation mode in Bahrain, but on the plus side believes the championship is still wide open.
"In Bahrain we will again have to be racing on the defensive but that doesn't mean we will go there in a resigned state of mind," he said. "We have seen three different winners in three races, with performance levels of some cars changing very significantly from race to race."