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Mattiacci: Ferrari angry with 2014 performances

Jun 13, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Mattiacci (center) now out. Photo: AP AP

Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has said that the team is angry with its performance at the beginning of the 2014 F1 season, but has no intention of giving up yet.

Mattiacci was made team principal following Stefano Domenicali’s decision to resign in the wake of the team’s poor start to the season, which has left it sitting a distant third in the constructors’ standings.

Despite promising widespread changes and restructuring, the team has failed to improve in the first few races under Mattiacci’s rule, although the Italian has said that these things will take time.

“We are very angry with ourselves, but we have no intention of giving up,” he explained following the Canadian Grand Prix. “The 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.”

In a race that just eleven cars finished, Fernando Alonso could only come home in sixth whilst Kimi Raikkonen crossed the line in tenth place. Although the team was never likely to challenge Mercedes for victory, it should have been in a position to capitalize when the German marque faltered, as it did in Canada.

Mattiacci went on to explain how the future at Ferrari is being built around its drivers and key personnel. This was a successful tactic in the late 90s and early 2000s when Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt had the team centered on them, and went on to enjoy the most dominant streak for any one team in F1 history.

“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,” Mattiacci said. “Ferrari has begun work on a specific approach, based around a few key figures: President 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.”

Any plans that Ferrari may have had to make Adrian Newey a part of the team ended in Canada when Red Bull confirmed that he had signed a new long-term deal with the company. He will work in an advisory capacity from 2015.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Anger is wasted energy. Disappointment is understood.

    What Ferrari really needs to determine is where they are lacking compared to the competition and how they can catch up and pull ahead. I don’t think reorganizing the team around the drivers and team leader is the problem or solution. While I do believe that it’s going to take time – perhaps years more for Ferrari to get back to the front, it would be pleasing to know that they really do understand where they are lacking and why. I’m not so sure they really do know as it’s not easy to know when operating at this performance level against the very best teams in the world.

    As an example it’s fine to say we need more straight line speed but is the problem the PU, aero or both? Once you know then the question is how do you fix it. If they knew then they would have built it that way in the beginning. Mercedes split turbo is probably one of their main PU advantages but their cars suspension and aero are also exceptional. Even Red B.S. Racing isn’t on the same level with their car performance as Mercedes.

  2. worknman24hours - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Frankly,Ferrari needs to face the fact that the current energy swapping interface needs to be totally software driven.

    That way,the drivers can concentrate on driving the cars.

    Mercedes does this without the FIA finding out they do and frankly Ferrari should follow their example.

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