Maurizio Arrivabene says he does not believe in 'bad luck' as Ferrari's inconsistent run of form continued during the Russian Grand Prix, saying most issues can be explained away by 'human mistake'.
Though it had grand plans to take the fight to Mercedes at the start of the season, Ferrari's momentum has stalled due to race day incidents and technical problems, already leaving it 81 points behind in the constructors' standings.
Pressed on whether he considers Ferrari's title challenge to have faded already, Arrivabene says he is unconcerned by the challenges being faced by the team.
“If I had to define the championship this year, we are not the kind of team who like to win comfortably! We are looking for a big challenge and what's happened is part of the racing story.
“Concerning the championship, we are not giving up. The team doesn't want to give up and we want to put all our energy from now on, we have 17 races. It's not gone and we are not going to give up.
However, he refuted the idea that Ferrari's problems are the result of bad luck alone, pointing out that human error can explain away most of them and this is where it needs to improve.
“Last time we had problem with the software with Sebastian, turbo with Kimi, but I don't think it's bad luck because nearby there is always a human mistake. I prefer to have this kind of problem now instead of having it in the course of the season or later on. We need to make sure it doesn't happen again.”
Kimi Raikkonen picked up his second podium finish of the season in Sochi with a run to third, albeit half a minute adrift of race winner Nico Rosberg, while Sebastian Vettel crashed out after tangling with Daniil Kvyat on the opening lap.