Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, is still confident about his Formula One team’s chances in the 2007 season, despite the 35-point lead currently held by McLaren-Mercedes at the top of the constructors’ championship.
Ferrari are also lagging behind in the drivers’ tournament, with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen on 39 and 32 points respectively, compared to McLaren’s Fernando Alonso on 48 points and Lewis Hamilton in top spot with 58.
Di Montezemolo’s team got off to a good start this year, with Raikkonen and Massa winning three of the opening four races between them, and the Ferrari boss is confident that form can be regained.
He admitted that some of the team’s competitiveness has been lost in recent months but stressed there is a fine line between success and failure.
"We are talking about two or three fractions of a second. We have to improve on these milliseconds here and there in order to be competitive," he said.
"We have two strong drivers and we have very good competitors and we must not forget in the first four races we were strong."
Massa managed to finish third at Indianapolis last Sunday, but had a frustrating race at Montreal the previous week when he was disqualified for ignoring a red light as he exited the pit lane.
Raikkonen, meanwhile, has not managed to get on the podium since mid-April, when he came in third in Bahrain.