Ferrari: We are very angry with ourselves
10 June 2014 – Marco Mattiacci has said Ferrari needs to take a 'long hard look at what it is doing' following more disappointment last weekend in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Despite the problems that beset the dominant Mercedes', Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen were not in a position to capitalise and in the end they finished sixth and tenth. Mattiacci, who took over as Ferrari Team Principal back in April when Stefano Domenicali resigned, was not amused.
"The final result is definitely not satisfactory, far from it," he said immediately after the race.
"I would ask the team to take a long hard look at what they are doing and work together, putting in maximum effort so that our drivers can fight for more ambitious results."
Speaking later, he told Ferrari's official website: "We are very angry with ourselves, but we have no intention of giving up. The Canadian circuit definitely didn't suit us, given that it highlighted the strong points of some of our competitors and, on top of that, not everything went right either, given that we started from too far back and the others improved more than we did
"On the positive side of this weekend though, everyone wants to fight back, starting with our drivers, Kimi and Fernando, who are both extremely tenacious guys, competent and competitive and they know how to work as a team to point us in the direction of the areas that are a priority in our development programme.
"Some updates produced good results on track and that's why we will continue down this path race by race."
"We have improved since the start of the year, but every step forward we make must be looked at in the context of what our rivals have done," he continued. "Ferrari has begun work on a specific approach, based around a few key figures; President [Luca Di] Montezemolo, James Allison, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and a group of highly talented engineers. It's a case of restructuring the team, with people being given the best possible conditions in which to get the job done."
"There is a clearly defined development programme that we are working through and which will see us bring updates to every race," he added.
"Another major target is to speed up our reaction time, which is something our competitors seem to manage to do".