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Ferrari: 2010 was a period of transition

Ferrari who finished third in the constructors' championship and second in the drivers' championship this year, with double world champion Fernando Alonso, have labelled the 2010 season as a period of transition. The Italian team got off to a great start in 2010 when Fernando Alonso won the first race of the season on his debut for the team in Bahrain. Although, Ferrari suffered a mid-season slump, and a lot on unwanted media attention after the controversy of team orders being used to blatantly effect the result of the German Grand Prix, which after receiving a radio message from the team saw Felipe Massa slow down to allow his team mate Alonso past to take the win. However, for the second half of the season the team were back on form, with Fernando Alonso taking four wins in the final nine races. Ferrari's technical director Aldo Costa recently told La Repubblica that he is now confident that the Italian team will be able to Match Red Bull in 2011, saying: "This year we did reduce the gap to Red Bull. What we have done is revolutionise our working methods and this meant a period of adjustment. We paid for having a wind tunnel that was a bit dated. But now we have solved the problem and begun a new era." When asked about the mistakes the Ferrari team made to Fernando Alonso's strategy at the final race in Abu Dhbi, which lost the Spanish driver his chance for a third world title, Costa said: "We didn't lose the championship because of the strategy in Abu Dhabi, but because our car was not as fast as another."

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