Ferrari aiming for second best behind Mercedes

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso during the final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 7, 2013
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Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry says that the Formula 1 team are aiming to be "second best" behind Mercedes.

Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry has insisted that the Formula 1 team are aiming to be "second best" behind current leaders Mercedes.

The team were dealt a blow when team principal Stefano Domenicali resigned from his role following a poor start to the 2014 campaign.

"Currently, our first priority is to establish ourselves as the second best team," Fry told ESPN. "We are looking at all areas of the car - power unit, aero, suspension. We are trying to make as big a step as we can for each and every race."

Ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari currently sit fifth in the constructors' championship, 78 points adrift of Mercedes after three races.

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3Red Bull184
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6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
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10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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