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Ferrari must 'push to the maximum' - Domenicali

ESPNF1 Staff
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Stefano Domenicali wants Ferrari to develop the F2012 as quickly as possible © Getty Images
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Stefano Domenicali has asked Ferrari "to push to the maximum" in order to try and get upgrades on the car to sustain a championship challenge.

Fernando Alonso's surprise victory in Malaysia has left him top of the drivers' championship and put Ferrari third in the constructors' standings. The team has previously admitted it would struggle to be competitive during the early part of this season, and while Domenicali insists nothing has changed on that front he wants the team to work even harder to try and improve the car while Alonso is still in touch.

"I asked all my people to push to the maximum to try and bring forward as much as possible the developments planned for the next few races," Domenicali told the official Ferrari website. "Having Fernando leading the championship means nothing and we definitely don't think all our problems have been made to vanish with the wave of a magic wand."

Domenicali added that the focus needed to remain on doing the best job possible despite the car being off the pace.

"We have two weeks to prepare for another back-to-back run, first in China and then Bahrain and we will tackle these races with the same spirit we adopted in Australia and Malaysia, which means striving to be perfect on track and getting the most out of the tools at our disposal, while making the most of whatever opportunities come along. With Fernando, playing the counter-attacking game worked perfectly: hitting the back of the net in Sepang was really great! We did not manage it with Felipe and we have to do more to ensure he too is in the best possible position to score."