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Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
31, 01, 02 September 2012
Length of lap: 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Total number of race laps: 44
Race length: 308.052 km (191.410 mi)
Most wins (constructors): Ferrari (16)
Fastest lap 2011: Mark Webber Red Bull 1:49.883

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Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring Circuit

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus
Fastest Lap
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:24.136
Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:20.953

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes MGP W02
Spanish GP, Catalunya Circuit
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Lewis Hamilton & Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-25
Turkish GP, Istanbul Park Circuit
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Fernando Alonso. Ferrari 150° Italia
Chinese GP, Shanghai International Circuit - Race.
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Domenicali sets one-two target for last three races

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has set the bar high for his drivers in the final three rounds of the 2008 world championship after neither scored points in Sundays inaugural Singapore Grand Prix.

Pit stop problems robbed poleman Felipe Massa of a likely victory, while team mate Kimi Raikkonen crashed out of fourth place late in the race. The result meant Lewis Hamilton went seven points clear of Massa atop the driver standings, while Ferrari lost the constructors' championship lead for the first time since April.

Now, says Domenicali, they must turn things around: "The objective that we have is clear. We have three races to go, we will approach the last three races aware that we need to finish first and second every time. We have the potential to do so, so the target is very clear.

“It is not easy, but don't forget that we have raced in very difficult situations over the last couple of years, and we were sometimes able to win, sometimes unfortunately to lose but the motivation is still the same.”

Domenicali described Singapore's events as a ‘black day for the team. A human error in Ferraris unique pit-lane traffic light system meant Massa left his first stop too early. Not only did he take the fuel hose with him and drag over a mechanic, he also received a drive-through penalty for being released unsafely into another car's path.

“We were not using the electronic system, it was run manually,” confirmed Domenicali. “When there are a lot of cars coming into the pit in a safety car situation, it is better to have (the system working) like a lollipop but instead of a lollipop you control the green light and unfortunately there was a mistake."

Asked whether Ferrari will stick with the system for the remainder of the season, Domenicali added: "we will analyse what we did in the other pit stops. It was a tense moment, again a guy was knocked down. He's okay, but it's a very tense moment, so we preferred not to use it for the other pit stops because we wanted to give a sign of less tension. It's a system that is trying to give as good a performance as possible.”

Its not the first time this season that Ferrari have had pit-stop problems. In Valencia last month Massa was fined following an unsafe release and Raikkonen injured a mechanic after leaving his pit too soon. Nevertheless, Domenicali denied the team have made a disproportionate number of errors this season.

“Historically, during the last ten or 12 years, there were always problems during the pit stops,” he said. “I remember very well problems with Michael (Schumacher) and Rubens (Barrichello). So it's not true that we have made more mistakes than in the past. Unfortunately, we shouldn't have them, but that's another story."


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2012 Race Drivers

Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
Kimi Räikkönen
Romain Grosjean
Paul di Resta
Nico Hulkenberg
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez
Daniel Ricciardo
Jean-Eric Vergne
Pastor Maldonado
Bruno Senna
Heikki Kovalainen
Vitaly Petrov
Pedro de la Rosa
Narain Karthikeyan
Timo Glock
Charles Pic

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