F1 »

F1 German Grand Prix: Ferrari won't 'surrender' despite lack of downforce gains

Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari will not 'surrender' to Red Bull after being overtaken in the championship and feels a lack of downforce gains is hurting its progress
Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari will not 'surrender' to Red Bull after being overtaken in the F1 world constructors' championship and feels the team is lacking downforce improvements to keep up the rate of gains its rivals are producing.

Despite starting 2016 strongly off the back of three race wins last year, Ferrari's performance has faded somewhat against Mercedes which has also seen Red Bull become the main contender against the Silver Arrows in recent races.

Ferrari was struck another blow in between the Hungarian and German races when it was confirmed James Allison had left his role as technical director.

Ferrari's team principal Arrivabene has confirmed the team is undergoing an organisation restructure after seeing performance levels drop and says the Italian manufacturer's rate of improvements on the aerodynamic side, specifically between aero and mechanical downforce, has stalled its level of gains compared to its rivals.

“I have to say that they [Red Bul] have improved quite well and that is something that was in our mind because we had a problem that we noticed but it doesn't mean that we are going to surrender,” Arrivabene said. “It is something we are going to think about and react to.

“We are reorganising the team without panicking because taking that decision means we have clear minds on what to do with the organisation and moving forward for the rest of the season we know as well definitely where we have to work.

“I think in Canada we reacted quite well with the engine update but if I look at the situation now we don't have great improvement with downforce since Barcelona. That is the problem. This is the reason why I said we clearly know where we need to work and we have to do it as soon as possible even if it is not easy.”

READ: Remembering Barrichello's day in the rain

Ferrari heads into the summer break 14 points behind Red Bull for second place in the F1 teams' standings, while Daniel Ricciardo has leapfrogged both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen for third in the drivers' championship.
by Haydn Cobb



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
31.07.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
01.10.2016 - A fan of Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
01.10.2016 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
01.10.2016 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
01.10.2016 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
01.10.2016 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
01.10.2016 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
01.10.2016 - Autograph session, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 celebrates his 300th GP with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
30.09.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 celebrates his 300th GP with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
30.09.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 celebrates his 300th GP with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 celebrates his 300th GP with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 celebrates his 300th GP with fFernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver
30.09.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 celebrates his 300th GP with Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver
30.09.2016 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Diego Ioverno (ITA) Ferrari Operations Director
30.09.2016 - Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


auner

August 02, 2016 11:45 AM
Last Edited 6 days ago

Never has been the downforce the strong point of the Ferraris, nor they might expect it to become so, given the new regulations starting in 2017. ''They won't surrender'' is, however, the best way to move on, if not for other reasons, then because the F1 circus uses to take no prisoners, actually.

Sophisticated

August 02, 2016 7:44 PM
Last Edited 5 days ago

Ferrari has always been "there" but "not quite" with the exception of (in last 35 or so years) the Schumacher years (great, methodical, ruthless driver and unlimited testing + Brawn, Todt etc.) and Kimi's title in 2007 when the car was still good from those Schumacher years (and thanks to the Alonso/Hamilton scuffle at McLaren that gifted him the title) Alonso came very close in 2010 and 2012 mostly because of his superior driving and getting the car higher up than it deserved because of those skills. While Alonso is certainly not known for smart career decisions, his move away from Ferrari (not necessarily the move TO McLaren) was the right one to make, since Vettel, aside from a decent start in 2015 and a few wins has been slipping ever since and is arguably worse off currently compared to the front running cars than Alonso was in his stint at Ferrari.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.