Marco Mattiacci says Ferrari is “very angry” with itself and is planning on restructuring the team.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth and tenth respectively in the Canadian Grand Prix despite a number of retirements as Daniel Ricciardo took victory for Red Bull. Reflecting on the race, team principal Mattiacci said Ferrari was unhappy with the way things are going as it fails to make big enough improvements to the car at each race.
“We are very angry with ourselves, but we have no intention of giving up,” Mattiacci said. “The Canadian 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.
“On the positive side of the weekend, everyone wants to fight back, starting with our drivers, Kimi and Fernando, who are both extremely tenacious guys, competent and competitive and they know how to work as a team to point us in the direction of the areas that are a priority in our development programme. Some updates produced good results on track and that's why we will continue down this path race by race.”
And Mattiacci said there was too much of a reliance on certain names within Ferrari to take the team forward, explaining that he will make changes to instigate a new approach.
“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. Ferrari has begun work on a specific approach, based around a few key figures; President [Luca di] 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.
“There is a clearly defined development programme that we are working through and which will see us bring updates to every race. Another major target is to speed up our reaction time, which is something our competitors seem to manage to do.”