Mike Stevens | Apr 21, 2009

Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has admitted his team is prepared to write off the current season and commence development on next year’s car within the next month.

Ferrari is currently equal-bottom of the Constructor's standings, alongside Force India with zero points, marking Ferrari's worst start to a season in 28 years.

Although a new aero update will arrive in Barcelona, Domenicali said a sharp reversal in form will be needed for the team to not simply abandon development on the current machine.

“I think for sure we will see after Spain where we are. In that period we will see really what can be the situation – so when we come back to Europe basically,” he said.

Ferrari F60 Formula One 2009

Former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen believes the arrival of the ‘double-decker’ diffuser will allow Ferrari to again challenge for victories.

“In Barcelona, when we will have new aero parts, we should be able to pick up some of the grip we are lacking now. I am sure we can be competitive enough to win again but this work will take time,” Raikkonen said.

Domenicali doesn’t agree however, citing the speed of Red Bull as evidence team’s without the controversial diffuser can compete for race victories.

He said: “The situation is much more complicated than that. That device will give you a benefit. But it would be wrong to believe that it is the only key. We have seen, for example, the Red Bull car has done a really great job.”

Ferrari’s start to the season has been perceived as an embarrassment by company president Luca di Montezemolo, who ordered a crisis meeting to discuss the situation.

Speaking to the BBC he said, "I don't want to find us on some sort of TV comedy video programme after each race."

Ferrari F60 Formula One 2009

Since the departures of Ross Brawn, Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher from key roles within the team, Ferrari has sf struggled, losing the aura of invincibility it had gained over the early part of the decade, and had maintained even through the disastrous 2005 season.

But of the three, it is perhaps Brawn’s absence which has been felt most in Maranello. The current F60 is the first car developed by Ferrari without his input, and it has shown on the track.

Possibly the sharpest technical mind in the sport, Brawn has dragged the former Honda team out of the mire and into championship favouritism only 14 months after he was lured across from Ferrari.

The pace and general domination of the BGP 001 has been so absolute, that, until China, many were drawing comparisons with his two previous masterpieces, the Ferrari F2002 and F2004.

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