Domenicali issues Ferrari rallying cry

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has urged his team to roll up their sleeves ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the latest disappointment to rock his team.

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Despite Fernando Alonso's Ferrari sporting a number of upgrades this weekend in a bid to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the wake of his four consecutive victories, the 31-year-old Spaniard could only manage seventh in qualifying, nearly a second behind Lewis Hamilton on pole in his McLaren.

At present, Vettel will start third, although Red Bull are currently under investigation by the stewards after he was ordered to stop his car on track after the final session had concluded.

Regardless of where Vettel starts, Domenicali was far from happy with what he witnessed during qualifying, with Felipe Massa down in ninth.

"We are very disappointed with this result," said Domenicali.

"We were unable to give our drivers a car with which they could compete for the front rows of the grid, despite all our best efforts here at the track and back at the factory in Maranello.

"It's true that in the race we have almost always seen the gap to the best is reduced, but we can't always hope for exceptional performances like the one Fernando produced last Sunday in India.

"However, it's crazy to see how things have changed in just a week, with the pecking order varying from track to track by half a second.

"But now there's no point crying over spilt milk. We will just roll up our sleeves and concentrate on preparing for tomorrow's [Sunday's] race.

"I often say it - the points are handed out on Sunday and the sums will be done at the end of the season."

Alonso, who trails by 13 points with three races remaining, knows his one saving grace is that Hamilton is on pole, the Briton finishing a third of a second quicker than Red Bull's Mark Webber.

"It's better for our championship possibilities," said Alonso.

"We were hoping in the last four races McLaren could win or put some pressure on Red Bull, but they were not in a position to do it.

"Here we've not been able to fight for pole or for the first two rows, but since McLaren have pole position that's a help for us.

"Of course, Saturday is the day we suffer the most, while on Sunday things always go better, so let's hope that will also be the case this time.

"We know that in the three remaining races we must score 14 points more than Vettel and that is our one and only objective."



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