Ferrari Ready to Switch to Plan B After China

Ferrari need something to turn the table on their 2011 performances as quickly as possible in order to remain in the title fight this season. Although the 150 Italia's race pace has been quite decent in both Australia and Malaysia, the Scuderia officials are targeting an improvement of their qualifying speed for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

However, in case the updates prepared for the race in Shanghai won't work as scheduled, Ferrari seem determined to approach their “plan B” for the remainder of the season. According to Italian newspapers La Stampa and La Repubblica, team bosses Stefano Domenicali and Aldo Costa and Pat Fry have already travelled back to Maranello to look into the car's struggles this season.

With the team heading from Malaysia to China for this weekend's race, the three officials have already set up a plan B that might come into play from as early as the European debut of the 2011 calendar, at Istanbul.

We are analysing everything to find out why things have not worked as expected at this stage of development,” said Domenicali.

If in China everything works as hoped and expected, good, but if we have worked on developments that bring no result, we already have in place an alternative programme that will be introduced as soon as possible,” he added.

In a second interview with La Stampa, the Chinese Grand Prix is looked upon as a deadline for Ferrari's initial development plan, at the end of which the Italians will draw a line and analyze whether to continue that path or take another direction for the remaining 16 rounds on schedule.

We have a deadline. Now we go to Shanghai where we must decide whether to continue with this aero package or change direction,” he concluded.
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