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Ferrari bosses dash back to Maranello

Tuesday 20th March 2012

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Ferrari bosses dash back to Maranello

Ferrari bosses dash back to Maranello

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and technical director Pat Fry have returned to Maranello after a poor start to the 2012 season.

The Italian outfit had a disastrous qualifying session at Albert Park on Saturday when both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa failed to make it into Q3.

While Massa was forced to retire on Sunday after a collision with Williams' Bruno Senna, Alonso put in a brilliant drive to cross the finishing line in fifth place.

Ferrari, though, are determined to bounce back at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix and Domenicali and Fry have decided to head back to Italy

"There is no time to lose as there's a pressing need to push flat-out on the development of the F2012," the team wrote on their website.

"Also making the trip are the cars used yesterday for the opening round of what will be a very long season.

"There will not be anything new on the technical front in Sepang and the team will have to make a virtue of necessity, which means trying to adapt the F2012 as well as possible to the characteristics of the Malaysian track, which is very different to Albert Park."

Domenicali has admitted that they have "fundamental issues" with their F2012.

"We have fundamental issues," Domenicali is quoted as by The Telegraph. "One is the speed, and the other thing is the traction.

"Obviously the car will be nearly identical [in Malaysia] because it's next weekend, but we will try to improve something in the set-ups. And then for China, Bahrain etc, we will bring some updates. Hopefully, it will get better."

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