Di Montezemolo: Ferrari plight very painful
7 April 2014 – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has described the team's current struggles as "very painful".
The Italian marque struggled amid severe tyre degradation and slow straight-line speed at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen having to settle for respective ninth and 10th positions.
"I don't like seeing Ferrari in this condition," explained di Montezemolo, whose team has slipped to fifth in the Constructors' standings. "The engine people at the factory need to work to make a big leap forward in quality.
"I didn't expect much here, but I expected a bit more. To see a Ferrari this slow on the straights is very painful."
Alonso is hopeful that the team can make improvements and soon fight for its first silverware of the season.
"We believe we can do better than we are doing now," said the two-time World Champion. "And the [Sakhir] track is one of the worst [for the Ferrari]. We are missing some of the characteristics that this track requires.
"In China I expect to be more competitive. Some circuits are coming where we need to get some podiums."