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Ferrari: We are closing the gap

Wednesday 25-June-2014 14:15

Ferrari know they are still far away from where they want to be, but team boss Marco Mattiacci is heartened by the fact that they are reducing the gaps to the front-runners.

The Italian squad have been unable to match the pacesetting Mercedes so far this campaign, but there were encouraging signs in Austria with Fernando Alonso not too far behind the Merc powered teams during qualifying.

The Spaniard went on to finish fourth behind the Merc pair of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

However, it wasn't a good weekend for Kimi Raikkonen as the Finn picked up just one point having started eighth on the grid.

Mattiacci, though, feels that Ferrari have taken another step forward.

"The way this season is going becomes particularly evident when one races at a track where what counts the most is the power of the car," Mattiacci said. "We tried to get the most out of what we have and we believe we have taken another small step in the right direction."

He added: "Unfortunately, we were unable to demonstrate that [small step] with Kimi, who did not have an easy time on this circuit, but we are sure that with the progressive improvement of the car he too will be able to show what he's capable of.

"Fernando could not have done any better. He managed to maintain a great pace for the whole race, at times even quicker than the leaders and this must serve as an incentive to continue developing the F14 T. Overall the gaps are coming down and the number of teams fighting it out behind the frontrunners is increasing. So our aim is to exploit all our potential to be at the front of the pursuing group."

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