July 1st, 2013 (F1plus).-Aside from the awful lack of solid structure on the Pirelli tyres this past Sunday, something else was clear, and that is Ferrari loss of pace when compared to the top teams.
Mercedes has notably improved to the point of having no opposition on qualifying, and now that one-lap pace seems to be transported to race trim as it was confirmed with Rosberg second victory three races.
Red Bull looks to have the best package overall, while Lotus seems to be loosing a bit of the edge. So, where does Ferrari stands?...hard to know, but regardless of the good news that means Alonso having reduced the gap on Vettel (thanks his gearbox failure for that), it does not seem as the F138 has the speed to match or truly challenge at this time.
Worse, it seems like other are moving up awhile Ferrari is starting to lag behind. This is something that could no be hold in secret anymore.
As such, Stefano Domenicali has refused to rebuke Fernando Alonso for questioning the lagging development of Ferrari's 2013 car.
Spaniard Alonso qualified tenth but finished the British grand prix in third place, taking a bite out of Sebastian Vettel's championship lead after the leading Red Bull broke down at Silverstone.
"We saw this weekend that the pace is not good enough," he said afterwards.
Earlier, Alonso had pointed a finger at a trend of backwards development coming out of the Maranello factory.
"Fernando's analysis is one that I share," team boss Domenicali told the Italian newspaper La Stampa. "We have made the car worse.
"Now we need to analyse all the data to find the reasons for this step backwards, and make a solution.
"The drivers are in a difficult position psychologically, so it's important to reassure them," he added.
Domenicali also put his support behind Brazilian Felipe Massa, who has suffered multiple crashes in recent races, including yet another in Silverstone practice.
Some have suggested the accidents are denting Massa's chances of a 2014 contract.
"He needs to feel the confidence of the team, so that everything can be perfect in the next races," said Domenicali.
"Adding pressure serves neither the driver or the team."