Maurizio Arrivabene says he can still take positives away from the Belgian Grand Prix despite Ferrari suffering its toughest race weekend of the season.

The technical problems for Kimi Raikkonen and a mistake by Sebastian Vettel left Ferrari playing catch up ahead of the race, with the team opting to put the latter on an alternative, but ultimately ill-fated, one-stop strategy in an effort to make up ground.

Ending up with just the six points from Raikkonen's recovery seventh, it came on a weekend where Ferrari struggled to match Mercedes and found itself under pressure from Red Bull, Lotus, Force India and Williams.

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Despite this, Arrivabene is unconcerned, insisting it was simply a weekend hampered by issues, before adding he was happy with how the team reacted accordingly.

"During the weekend when you are looking for an extreme performance with the materials that you have in your hand and we have since the beginning of the year, it's normal that you have thousands of problems in the car.

"You have two ways to deal with that, either the team is getting lost or the team is getting focus and working well. If I have to be positive about this race, even if it was not a positive race, I have to say I think the team and the reaction of the team makes me happy."

Having urged Ferrari to adopt a more conservative approach to Friday running, Arrivabene maintains this is the right way forward for the team.

"When you are pushing very hard for performance it could have ten thousand mini or big problems and you need to fix it. The fact that we are a bit more conservative on Friday is a clear choice of our technical director James Allison and I think it's making more sense to be quite real on Friday instead of going around the track with 20 kilos of fuel."