Ferrari boss, Jean Todt has vowed that the Scuderia must get back to work 'immediately' following a hugely disappointing performance in Turkey over the weekend.

Ferrari struggled throughout the event and in the end only managed to bring one car home, when Rubens Barrichello finished tenth - a lap down. Michael Schumacher was forced out after a collision with Mark Webber, although both Ferrari drivers were never likely to do particularly well, after starting well down the grid.

"It was a race to forget," summed up Todt. "For the third time this season, we head for home having failed to score any points. Chronic lack of grip, which we have suffered from since the start of the season, prevented us from running competitively right from the start of this weekend. This afternoon, we saw how our competitors' times improved step by step as the track got more rubber on it, while ours got worse. Rubens did what he could, while it was a shame to see Michael pitting with a damaged car having been run into by a lapped car. We worked on his car to send him back out on track to get him a better start position for qualifying in Monza.

"In the past years, we have developed the nice tradition of winning races on a new track, but today that run has come to an end. I am very disappointed, especially for the large number of Ferrari fans we could see in the grandstands at this great facility. We must get back to work immediately, along with our partner Bridgestone, to analyse the situation. Our aim is to be as well prepared as possible for the race in Monza and those that follow in what has turned out to be a particularly tough season."

Rubens Barrichello meanwhile agreed that it had been a 'very, very tough race' - although he reckoned the 'writing had been on the wall' from practice on Friday.

"I drove flat out from the start, but it had been obvious that we lacked performance since we started on Friday," he confirmed. After Hungary, it is disappointing to see us back in a situation like this. We had no grip and I we clearly made the wrong choice in terms of the tyres we brought to Turkey.

"Tenth place is not what we would have wanted in this inaugural Turkish race. We must keep on working and try and do better."

 

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