Fry: Start procedures need to be improved
25 August 2014 – Ferrari engineering guru Pat Fry says the team will need to "learn to improve" its procedures in light of Fernando Alonso's start grid dramas in Belgium.
Alonso qualified on the second row at Spa-Francorchamps, but picked up a five-second stop/go penalty for his first stop as his mechanics were still working on his car after the signal to clear the grid. He eventually finished seventh.
"We could have delivered more as a team at the weekend," Fry commented.
"Clearly, Fernando's penalty, because of a problem with the charge from the external battery we use on the grid, cost him the chance of fighting for a place on the podium and from this incident we must learn to improve our procedures," he added.
Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci agreed that the issue had probably cost them a podium, as did Alonso.
"Unfortunately, Fernando's race was compromised by a problem at the start. Without that, I firmly believe the podium was within his reach. We know we have missed out on a great opportunity," Mattiacci continued.
"But we will learn from this incident to pay obsessive attention to our procedures, as we strive to improve reliability."