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Ferrari expect opening races to decide title
Friday 04th January 2013, 19:46 by Ryan Wood
© Ferrari (Felipe Massa, F2012)
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is keen to avoid any pre-season testing troubles to ensure the team gets the best possible start to the 2013 season.
The Italian outfit endured a difficult pre-season last year which saw Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa struggle at the first race where they qualified just 12th and 16th respectively.
However, their rate of development, which lasted until the final race, allowed them to overtake McLaren and catch Red Bull in the constructors'.
Domenicali doesn't believe they'll have the same luxury in 2013 as the drastic regulation changes for 2014 will see development switch earlier, therefore they must start the season with a quick car if they're to challenge for the title.
"What happened to us last year in the Jerez [pre-season] test will not be repeated this year," said the 47-year-old.
"Next season will be decided in the first races. The teams will do their work for 2013 and then move on to the preparations for 2014."
He expects teams to switch development far earlier than usual.
"I think that this switch will happen in July, so you will need to start the year well."