For the second time in swift succession in F1 2010, Ferrari was left with a bitter taste in its mouth at the end of the British Grand Prix, arguing that it is 'cursed' after failing to score with either car for the first time all season – though Stefano Domenicali insists the team will 'not feel sorry for themselves'.
From the opening lap touch between Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa that left the latter with a damaged front wing, a punctured tyre and his race hopes similarly in shreds, to the Spaniard's unfortunately-timed drive-through penalty for overtaking Renault rival Robert Kubica on the grass and then not giving the place back again [see separate story – click here
], the Brazilian's late spin that cost him many of the positions he had made back up and a brace of further punctures in the closing stages, it truly was an abject outing for the Scuderia
Worse still, it came only a fortnight on from the perceived European Grand Prix 'injustice' when both Alonso and Massa had been cost dearly by the timing of the safety car, slipping from third and fourth to respectively eighth and eleventh in the final reckoning in Valencia – a combined loss of 23 points. That the Oviedo native set comfortably the fastest lap of the race at Silverstone on fresh rubber towards the end – by the margin of almost eight tenths of a second – with the Paulista second-quickest, was ultimately little consolation.
“We seem to be really cursed at the moment, when everything that could go wrong, does,” lamented Ferrari team principal Domenicali, with the Prancing Horse now a very distant third in the constructors' standings behind McLaren-Mercedes and Red Bull Racing. “We are not happy, but we must not feel sorry for ourselves. Instead, we have to react calmly, remaining focussed and continuing to work in the way we did over the past few weeks.
“We go home with no points, but with the knowledge that we have potential in terms of the car, the team and the drivers that is up to the right level to deal with the situation. We must not allow ourselves to give in to frustration – I am sure that the results and the points that have been lacking for so many reasons recently, will come.
“Clearly, the championship situation is looking complicated, but we remain convinced we can still fight for the title. We will continue to push on the development of the F10, confident in our chances to make up the ground we have lost up until today.”
“We are very, very disappointed at how this race turned out,” concurred the Maranello-based outfit's chief track engineer Chris Dyer. “Our drivers' chances were practically over on the opening lap, especially in Felipe's case, as he had to pit with a puncture. Fernando found himself in traffic and we tried to gain him a few places by bringing him in early for his stop, but the plan did not work.
“Then there was the incident when Alonso overtook Kubica, which was a key moment in our driver's race because of the stewards' decision – his penalty took away any chance he had of finishing in the points, especially as its arrival coincided with the safety car period. We are going through a difficult time, but we must not give up. We have shown that the performance of our car has improved at a track that does not suit it that well. We must continue to work in this direction.”