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.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”