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Hungarian F1 Grand Prix: Mattiacci wary of celebrating Ferrari result

Ferrari's Marco Mattiacci insists that there is still a lot of work to be done at Maranello despite both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen scoring good F1 points in Hungary.

While he was delighted with the individual performances of his two drivers in the Hungarian Grand prix, Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci warned that little could be read into the final result.

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen came home second and sixth after surviving the pit-falls of a race marked by both wet weather and multiple safety cars, but Mattiacci insisted that the result did not offer a true reflection of the Scuderia's place in the pecking order, and should be treated as something of an anomaly as the team attempts to get back on terms with the frontrunners.

Alonso translated fifth on the grid and strong start in tricky conditions into a rare podium finish, and even enjoyed a spell at the head of the field as strategies played out, but could do nothing to deny Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo a second F1 win as his own tyres faded in the closing stages.

Raikkonen, meanwhile, battled back from a tactical error in qualifying that left him down in 17th spot on the grid, working his way through the field to come home in sixth position, his best result of a tough season so far.

“It is encouraging [to see Raikkonen scoring points] but, at the same time, we need to properly wait [and evaluate] this second and sixth place,” Mattiacci said after the race, “Today, the values and strengths of others teams were a little bit diluted because of the weather conditions and the specifics of the track, so we need to be careful.

“We need to manage very carefully the enthusiasm for this second and sixth place. I'm happy Kimi is back - it was a fantastic race - but extremely careful to give the right importance [to the result]. We still have a gap to fill compared to the leaders.”

With four weeks to the next round of the championship, in Belgium in late August, and a mandatory two-week factory shut-down that will prevent any physical development of the cars, Mattiacci admitted that the Hungarian result –which took Ferrari back above Williams in the constructors' standings - would be a boost to morale, but that there was still much work to be done before the team could be considered a contender.

“I don't believe in luck,” he insisted, “I think we got the best out of this race, but we are not here to give the audience a second place..."

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July 28, 2014 1:01 PM

Russell13: I don't see why everyone is saying Alonso did an amazing job that race, he started 5th so was already in a good place and then he had a good strategy. Imo kimi's performance was pritty equal, his tyers were also around the same age at the end.
Did you not see the same race I did? I saw Alonso in a 3rd rate car with worn tires keeping the race winner and the WDC contender at bay for many laps. That would have been an impressive drive from someone in a top tier car, let alone in a dog like the ferrari.


July 28, 2014 12:26 PM

I think this should be a major wake up call to the folks at Ferrari! Look at what Alonso was able to do with a second rate car that was on tires that were ruined. Now imagine what he could have done with a half decent car! Ferrari need to get their act together and deliver a decent car.

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