Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Todt: Ferrari can bounce back at Spa

Jean Todt is confident Ferrari will be able to fight McLaren in at least three of the season's remaining four grands prix.

Ferrari suffered a huge blow to their title chances at Monza on Sunday, where McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton comfortable outpaced Ferrari to claim the 1-2 at the Scuderia's home race.

The Italian team now trails McLaren by 23 points in the Constructors' Championship, while Ferrari's best-placed driver, Kimi Raikkonen, is 18 points behind Hamilton in the Drivers' standings.

The Scuderia, though, aren't giving up on winning the titles as team boss Todt believes they can win at least three of the final four races.

"We have not been competitive this year on circuits where we need a lot of mechanical grip, and where there is a lot of importance on the kerbs," he told Autosport.

"The worst circuits for us this year have been Monte Carlo, Canada, Budapest in qualifying, and Monza.

"There is a question mark about Fuji because we have not been there, but we feel that otherwise Spa, Shanghai and Brazil, there is no evidence that we could not be competitive."

Todt also made it clear that even though Raikkonen is five points ahead of his team-mate Felipe Massa in the standings, both drivers are still free to race each other.

"At the moment, they will race," the Frenchman said when asked if Massa would now have to support Raikkonen's title bid.