“It was not really a positive weekend for us, for many reasons,” the Italian phlegmatically reflected of a crushingly disappointing conclusion to an event that at the outset had promised so much. “From the points' point-of-view, for sure we lost ground, no doubt about it, but we want to keep pushing and we plan to keep fighting for the titles.
“We didn't go out from this weekend with the performance that we were expecting, and we need to understand why. We need to understand exactly what has happened, in terms of the direction of the set-up that we were taking, or if the developments we brought here, in the conditions that we had, were right or wrong.
“I would say [of] the top five drivers, if I don't recall wrongly, we were one of the three who did not score a point [in Belgium]. Maybe in the next couple of races something will happen the other way round, so we just need to be there and not give up.
“We need to be very cautious, though, because two races ago McLaren seemed to be suffering I would say, and now it seemed that they were very strong. Race-by-race the scenario is changing so quickly that it's difficult to predict anything – with these conditions, everything can happen. The situation in both championships is certainly more difficult, but it is still not impossible for us to reach our targets. For those with short memories, I remember that three years ago we found ourselves in a much worse situation, and we all know how it went in the end...”