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Race winner Fernando Alonso (2nd L) of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium with second placed Kimi Raikkonen (L) of Finland and Lotus, third placed Felipe Massa (R) of Brazil and Ferrari and Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali following the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain.  Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images.

Race winner Fernando Alonso (2nd L) of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium with second placed Kimi Raikkonen (L) of Finland and Lotus, third placed Felipe Massa (R) of Brazil and Ferrari and Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali following the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images.

Race winner Fernando Alonso (2nd L) of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium with second placed Kimi Raikkonen (L) of Finland and Lotus, third placed Felipe Massa (R) of Brazil and Ferrari and Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali following the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images.

FORMULA ONE: Stefano Domenicali believes Ferrari are approaching the most crucial part of the season that will determine whether or not they are title contenders.

Domenicali adopted a cool approach in the wake of an emotional win on home soil for Fernando Alonso in the Spanish Grand Prix. The 32nd victory of Alonso's career thrust him back into title contention as he now trails Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel by 17 points, with a quarter of the season now completed.

It is getting to the stage, however, where loyalties within all teams will be divided as the focus starts to shift on the most significant change to the regulations given the new engines for 2014.

"We don't have to unbalance our car's situation at the moment," said team principal Domenicali. "But we do have to look at qualifying because we will have races where it will be much more difficult to overtake.

"In Barcelona we knew the key to our strategy would be to attack and to jump on the traffic, but we cannot do that every time, so we could improve qualifying and try to have cleaner air in front of us.

"From now up to the end of July you may possibly see one or two big steps of development, and then some teams will be forced to try to start work on the new car.

"Next year is a big challenge, and the risk is really not to avoid being behind by two or three tenths (of a second), but two or three seconds."

 

 


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