At the team’s biggest race weekend of the year, Scuderia Ferrari has suffered its worst result of the 2014 season so far by scoring just two points at its home event.
The Italian Grand Prix welcomes tens of thousands of Ferrari supporters through its gates, making the grandstands a sea of Maranello red. However, in the race on Sunday, Fernando Alonso was forced to retire whilst Kimi Raikkonen could score just two points for ninth place.
Speaking to the media after the race, Alonso made no secret of how disappointed he was following an ERS failure on his car.
“Obviously we are not happy with the result in front of our people,” the Spaniard said. “To have a mechanical failure is never nice, because the team is working very hard.
“The guys are working day and night to give us the best car possible, and when there are some parts of the car that cannot finish the race, that is a hard moment for the boys.”
Alonso admitted that it was difficult to have underperformed in front of Ferrari’s home fans, but thanked them for their love and support.
“For the team and secondly for the fans, we were not giving them any special result unfortunately,” he said. “Yesterday, we were not fast enough, and today we were struggling around position seven, eight, nine, whatever.
“This was not our goal, but it’s the way it is at the moment.We cannot do much more than this.
“I feel sad for them but also very thankful for all of the support that we had. We’ve been in a difficult season, but nevertheless, from Thursday here, everyone was supporting us, everyone was cheering for us. We felt that.
“We felt this love for our team, in the good moments and in the bad moments. Unfortunately we didn’t give them this support.”
The team has dropped down to fourth place in the constructors’ championship behind Williams, whose cars finished third and fourth on Sunday at Monza. However, Ferrari will be looking to hit back at the Singapore Grand Prix, given that the Marina Bay Street Circuit should be better suited to the F14 T car.