Ferrari - We need to win on the streets

"The championship has just started," says tech boss

Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa says they need to perform better on street circuits if they want to really assert their dominance over the rest of the Formula One field.

The Scuderia scored their second successive win on Sunday when Felipe Massa took victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix - team-mate Kimi Raikkonen having won the Malaysian Grand Prix a fortnight earlier.

However, both victories were claimed on circuits that, according to Costa, suited Ferrari's F2008 - the team having also tested extensively at the Sakhir circuit pre-season.

During 2007's battle with McLaren-Mercedes, the latter outfit tended to perform better on circuits such as Monaco, whose tighter layout, slower corners and higher kerbs seemed to suit its MP4-22 car.

Such tracks will assume even greater importance in 2008 as, besides Monaco, the calendar sees the addition of new street tracks in Valencia and Singapore.

"The circuits in Malaysia and Bahrain suited the Ferrari perfectly. On other tracks we know we must close the gap and improve, and we are preparing for it," Costa told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

"Sepang and Sakhir are new-generation circuits, with a certain type of corners and surface. On street circuits, where we already had problems last year, we must demonstrate to have improved.

"Up to now we've raced on peculiar tracks. We'll have to see what happens on the upcoming circuits. The championship has just started."


As for his prediction for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, Costa reckons F1 will see another race weekend where Ferrari battle it out with BMW Sauber and McLaren.

"It's no different from other circuits," he added. "It isn't so demanding, compared to Malaysia and Bahrain, so I don't expect surprises."