Ferrari team principal Jean Todt admits Ferrari need to get the bottom of their costly reliability problems if they are to challenge McLaren in both the driver and constructor standings this season.

Although the team has suffered just two retirements this year, a relatively low number compared to most teams, both have afflicted Kimi Raikkonen at bad moments, including the European Grand Prix when he was lining up Fernando Alonso to potentially make it a Ferrari 1-2.

However, hydraulic issues intervened and forced him to retire on lap 34 and although the 18-point gap between himself and leader Lewis Hamilton remains the same after the Brit's failure to reach the top eight, Jean Todt admits Ferrari need to solve their durability issues.

"We definitely had a reliability problem today. As I said before, we have to analyse what has happened. It was a hydraulic problem on Kimi's car and it stopped the car. It's definitely unfortunate but it's our responsibility."

Reliability has been the cornerstone of Ferrari's success over the years, but while Raikkonen's two failures to finish in ten races is a comparatively small percentage, in context, with McLaren finishing each race this year, it is detrimental to their challenge for the title.

Nonetheless, Todt is convinced Raikkonen has the pace to challenge for the title over the remaining seven races, insisting the car is certainly able to beat McLaren to the end of the season.

"We think that we had this kind of problem during free practice in Magny Cours." But Todt still believes that Kimi is in the fight for the championship. "There are still seven races to go.

"You saw today that Hamilton did not score points, so immediately you can see the difference. Kimi is 18 points behind the leader and there are seven races to go and we have the potential to win every race, so if we are able to do a good job, it's still possible."

 

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