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Domenicali eyes 'very special points' at Monza

ESPN Staff
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The Tifosi's support for Ferrari creates a special atmosphere at Monza © Sutton Images
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Stefano Domenicali admits any points that Ferrari scores in its home race at Monza will be "very special".

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, the Tifosi are often referenced in the build-up for their fanatical support for Ferrari. Domenicali said that while he desperately wants to be successful at Monza, the team must remember that the race itself only provides the same amount of points as any other grand prix this season.

"It is indeed a special race for us," said Domenicali. "There is a special feeling for our home race, but the reality is that the number of points on offer are the same as at the other 19 rounds, all around the world. To sum it up, I would like to think we can leave Monza having scored very special points at what is a very special race for us. This will be a challenging weekend from the technical point of view. All the teams, including ourselves, will run cars in a one-off specification to meet the very low downforce requirements that are unique to this track and we know several of our rivals are very competitive at this type of circuit."

Domenicali added that the support from the Tifosi would be a help, but tried to keep a lid on expectations by only targeting "a good points haul".

"We will have so many fans supporting us in the Autodromo and I'm sure that we will get a boost from the emotion they will transfer to the team and the drivers. The more "horsepower" the fans can give us, the better. We will be doing all we can to repay them for that support. All the same, I am not going to make any predictions, except to say I hope we bring home a good points haul from Monza."