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F1 Spanish GP: Ferrari 'in trouble' after Red Bull defeat

Maurizio Arrivabene: I'm not looking at Red Bull and to Max - and I'm happy for him - I'm looking at the reality. If Mercedes was not going out we were again in trouble. So it's there where we have to point our attention...
Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari is 'in trouble' if it cannot make the most of its chance to win in the wake of a double Mercedes DNF after being defeated by Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having been left baffled by a relative lack of pace in qualifying, placing Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel fifth and sixth on the grid, Ferrari would nonetheless be installed as favourites to win when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided on the opening lap.

Indeed, though Red Bull held down a 1-2 early on, Ferrari – particularly Vettel – had the faster car in clear air, but with the German unable to make a three-stop strategy count, Raikkonen then couldn't get enough momentum to deny Verstappen ahead.

Blaming the SF16-H's lack of pace in the slow final sector for being unable to then follow close enough into the long home straight, Arrivabene admits he is concerned Ferrari's failure to beat Red Bull in Spain is a poor indication of its chances to keep up with Mercedes.

“I'm not looking at Red Bull and to Max - and I'm happy for him - I'm looking at the reality. If Mercedes was not going out we were again in trouble. So it's there where we have to point our attention,” he explained.

“If you reverse the strategy most probably Sebastian was in the same position as Kimi. I don't think it's the strategy, the problem is as it happened we were not good enough in the last part of the track, in the slow corners. We saw Kimi, even when the car was sliding a bit was able to catch up immediately.

“As soon as he was in the last part of the track the Red Bull was [pulling away]. He was able to catch again by the end of the straight. It's not a question of strategy, we were very, very slow in the last part of the track.”
by Ollie Barstow


Related Pictures

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14.05.2016 - Free Practice 3, Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
01.05.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
17.04.2016 - Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
15.05.2016- Race 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
15.05.2016- Race 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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richard

May 16, 2016 3:26 PM

oh my! kimi is actually second in the wdc, and that makes it a mistake having him in the team? well as lulu is only third, do you believe that merc should not have him in their team? i dont think that it is ferrari who are stupid.............

mrfill

May 17, 2016 3:18 AM

richard:
swifters: So ...about time Horner apologised to Renault doesn't one think?
why? last years renault was terrible. but the time that rbr / ilmor spent on it improved its performance. that is part of the reason why rbr do not call it a renault! and look at where the current unmodded renault is.....nowhere
If you are suggesting the units are using different components in the ICE, that would make the units in the RBs in contravention of the technical regs.



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