Ferrari concerned over Silverstone form despite podium

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says Fernando Alonso’s podium finish in the British Grand Prix has not blinded the team to the fact their car was off the pace in the last round.

Alonso only qualified tenth with Ferrari the sixth-fastest car at Silverstone.

“For me this weekend in terms of performance was not really good,” Domenicali told AutoWeek. “We need to understand in these two or three days at home why, because there is something, I would say, bigger than little details that caused us not to be as we normally are here in Silverstone, better in terms of pace, and better at qualifying, everything.”

Ferrari fell to third in the constructors’ championship behind race winners Mercedes.

“We have seen that not only Red Bull now is strong, Mercedes is very strong,” said Domenicali, “they have solved their issue in terms of degradation.”

“So now if you want to win the championship, and this is the objective we have, we need to improve the car, and that’s the only thing that we have to do.”

Ferrari reacted quickly to the tire failures which occurred during the race, giving Felipe Massa an early second pit stop during the first Safety Car period to fit tires which were inflated to a higher pressure.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.