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Old 15-Apr-2011
Ferrari's 'amazing' response burning rubber

Ferrari fans disgruntled at their team's lacklustre opening performances should take heart, and sympathy, at the hierarchy's selfless efforts to stem the misery.

Instead of flying straight to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur after the Malaysian Grand Prix the top technical brass opted to return to Milan for a couple of days and then jet out to Shanghai for this weekend's third round.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali, technical director Aldo Costa and his number two Pat Fry rushed back to Maranello in a desperate bid to sort out their woes on the data and feedback at HQ.

Between the nightlong jet trek home, the overtime they will have had to put in at the factory and the arduous return flight to China how much sleep they have managed this troubled week is bound to have been very little. Nobody could fairly accuse the threesome of a dereliction of duty trying to figure out why the prancing horse has deteriorated into a lame duck.

There most assuredly would not have been too much time wasted on the inflight movie selections with an inquest being conducted at 40,000 feet.

How many answers they may have found will only be evidenced by an improved showing in Shanghai with drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa anxious to enjoy racing a car whose ability, speed and reliability matches their ambitions for it.

As they headed homewards Ferrari president Luca Montezemolo was trying desperately to be upbeat and vowed: "Our response will be amazing."

The author is an expert on motorsport based in England

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