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Monaco exposed Ferrari's traction deficit - Domenicali

ESPN Staff
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Ferrari struggled to seventh place in Monaco © Sutton Images
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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali thinks his team's struggle in Monaco last weekend was down to the circuit characteristics and is confident it will bounce back at the coming rounds.

Ferrari came away from Monaco with just six points for Fernando Alonso's seventh place finish and lost ground to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull in the championships. The tight and twisty Monaco circuit is unique on the calendar and Domenicali believes it exposed the F138's lack of traction.

"I said to our guys that we were not on the stars at the end of Barcelona and we are not on the dust after Monte-Carlo," Domenicali said. "On this track there should be a reason why we haven't won since 2001, maybe the track characteristics, maybe the situations, I don't know. For sure it seems where there is the need for traction we are suffering more."

Alonso is now 29 points behind Vettel in the drivers' championship, but Domenicali said there was no need to panic about the gap and is confident Ferrari can address the F138's weaknesses.

"We need to react immediately after a very difficult weekend and from the sporting point of view for sure the only positive thing was that Kimi, for whatever reason, didn't get so many points, but Vettel was second," he added. "We are just at the sixth of 19 grands prix, so the championship is very, very long.

"We are second in the constructors' but Mercedes seem to be coming on very, very strong and they will come back. It will be a great challenge for everyone and a great championship but we need to react to understand why we were not at the level that we want, but I'm sure that we can adapt and take the advantage."