Ferrari needs 'to step up a gear immediately'
13 May 2014 – Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci has said the Scuderia must 'step up a gear immediately' in the aftermath of a mediocre showing in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen finished sixth and seventh at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, the former over a minute off the dominant Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while Räikkönen was lapped.
The Maranello team has now said it will 'double the effort' in a bid to make the Ferrari F14 T more competitive: "Today, we are all aware of the situation in which we find ourselves and that we have to step up a gear immediately," said Mattiacci, who has now been acting as Ferrari team boss for around month since being brought in to replace Stefano Domenicali.
"At the same time, we are practical people who believe in hard work and we have set ourselves challenging goals," Mattiacci continued.
"I like to talk facts and we have two extremely motivated and combative drivers, as well as a cohesive working group, all of whom fully share and support the idea of delivering a new winning cycle."