Mattiacci: Alonso could not have done better
24 June 2014 – Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci has given Fernando Alonso top marks after he finished fifth in the Austrian Grand Prix, adding that the performance 'must serve as an incentive to continue developing the F14 T'.
"The way this season is going becomes particularly evident when one races at a track where what counts the most is the power of the car," Mattiacci reflected. "We tried to get the most out of what we have in Austria and we believe we have taken another small step in the right direction."
"Fernando could not have done any better," he added. "He managed to maintain a great pace for the whole race, at times even quicker than the leaders and this must serve as an incentive to continue developing the F14 T.
"Overall the gaps are coming down and the number of teams fighting it out behind the frontrunners is increasing. So our aim is to exploit all our potential to be at the front of the pursuing group."
Pat Fry, Ferrari's Director of Engineering, added: "Apart from the actual result, we can nevertheless be pleased because in the second and third stints, especially with Fernando, we were one of the quickest cars on track and that shows that, race by race, we are making small steps forward.
"Now we must look ahead to the next race in Silverstone, a very different circuit to this one, where we can also expect the Red Bulls to be back on form.
"As usual we will try and be in the fight and to prepare our car as well as possible for this new challenge."