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Ferrari 100% focused on 2014
Ferrari insists it will not interrupt development of its 2014 car as it attempts to hold on to second place in the constructors' championship this year.
Ferrari is 10 points clear of Mercedes in the constructors' and 33 points clear of the on-form Lotus team in fourth. With four races left both Mercedes and Lotus are within striking distance of Ferrari, but team principal Stefano Domenicali said once the remaining updates come over the next few races there will be no further developments on the F138.
"We have already switched 100% the activity at home [to 2014]," he said. "We have still got something to bring to the track that we will try, but the technical office is completely dedicated to next year's project. That is very challenging for everyone."
However, Domenicali stressed that his team is not underestimating the threat from both Mercedes and Lotus.
"I have to say both [are a threat to Ferrari]," he added. "Lotus seems to have found a good qualifying pace, very close to ours and maybe a little bit better. They are also very good at managing the tyres, so if they qualify in front of us then it is difficult because either we do a good start and they are really difficult to handle.
"On the other hand Mercedes seems to have for sure a better qualifying pace, and if they are in front in the race with another competitor like Lotus in between it will be difficult. For this reason I believe they are both very strong competitors and we need to be second up until the end of the season."