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Miserable day in Canada for Ferrari (VIDEO)

Jun 8, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

Ferrari endured a miserable Canadian Grand Prix today in Montreal as Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen both finished in the bottom half of the top ten despite only 12 cars actually taking the checkered flag.

Alonso was feeling bullish after qualifying yesterday, and set his sights on fighting with the Red Bull and Williams drivers for the final podium position. However, while Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden grand prix victory, the Spaniard could only finish in sixth place. He gained two positions on the last lap thanks to Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez’s big crash at the first corner.

Speaking to NBCSN after the race, Alonso did not mince his words: “This is not enough.” With sixth place, he has continued his streak of scoring points at every race so far this season, but he is down to fourth place in the drivers’ championship after being overtaken by Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen endured an anonymous race to finish 10th at his 200th grand prix, with the only notable moment being a spin at the hairpin. Otherwise, it was yet another quiet display from the Finn.

Ferrari’s championship aspirations may have already been over, but given the fashion in which Red Bull picked up the pieces from Mercedes’ misery today in Montreal, this result will be yet another indicator that improvements are needed.

  1. worknman24hours - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Ferrari might well start looking at their 2015 season because they simply have not got the car to stay up from and have’nt for a while.

    And I am still amazed at how many steering inputs Kimi is being forced to put into his race car just to go through one turn.

    Is the Ferrari Kers unit so badly controlled under braking that it causes that many skips at the back of the cars?

    Kimi,have a beer on me ,man.

    You were working your axx off this weekend just to get that skippy , slidey, unpredictable Ferrari to corner at full speed.

    I also wonder if the Ferrari depends so much on driver input on the steering wheel buttons every lap to get the most out of those various engine systems that ,this is costing them gobs of lap time too.

    Not a fun year at Ferrari but be sure,both drivers are putting everything they have into driving those evil handling red race cars.

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Everyone at Ferrari is working at maximum capacity to improve the car. They keep saying they understand the issues but it will take time to resolve them. They brought an aero update to Canada and it improved the car but the long straights kill them because they are down on power and probably have more aero drag than some/most other teams.

    Ferrari like McLaren are working on the 2015 car now as they continue to develop the ’14 car because a lot of the development on this year’s car will be of use for ’15, even if it doesn’t appear so from the outside. Kimi is unhappy with the brake-by-wire system just as Rosberg is. It’s a very difficult system to sort so the drivers can modulate the brakes at the limit of traction. I don’t know how the engineers have done as good of job as thet’ve achieved so far with the complexity.

  3. techmeister1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    The Ferrari website has a picture up today of Mattiacci and a story on how lousy a weekend they had in Canada. Take a look at Mattiacci’s hair now, which is just showing some gray. Next year I’d bet money it’s 100% gray if he hasn’t pulled it all out! LOL It’s an amazingly tough job competiting in F1 with the very best-of-the-best.

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