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.