Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says a second frustrating race in succession won’t hurt the Italian manufacturer’s motivation in the 2017 Formula 1 world title fight, while changes are being rung by President Sergio Marchionne.

Arrivabene confirmed after the Malaysia Grand Prix Ferrari is running thorough analysis into its engine failures which saw Sebastian Vettel unable to set a competitive lap time in qualifying while Kimi Raikkonen had to be pushed off the starting grid due to a similar issue.

The Ferrari team boss has described the engine problems in Malaysia as ‘our hardest race of the year’, even though it suffered a double DNF last time out in Singapore, as Vettel dropped to 34 points behind F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton but Arrivabene says the team’s spirit remains undented in its charge for the remainder of 2017.

“We had to confront problems that we will now analyse in depth,” Arrivabene said. “The team remained focused on its job throughout, putting in a great deal of effort working in the garage and then implementing an impeccable strategy.

“It’s further cause to continue to believe in ourselves: we have the car, the men, the drivers, the means and the spirit to fight all the way to the finish.”

However, back in Italy Ferrari President Marchionne has made his frustrations  clear after seeing his team throw away two wins and says organisational changes will be implemented as a result of his two engine failures in Malaysia.

"Both Ferraris could have won the race," Marchionne said. "That's a fact. It could have also been the same at Singapore, that's another fact.

"It's also a fact that we've got some issues with our power units because we have a young team, but also because the quality of the components is not at the right level for a race car. It's almost fortunate we haven't had that problem until the Malaysian GP. Now we're working on the quality department and making some organisational changes.

"Having this kind of problem during the race make us angry. That's not a big problem if this kind of issue appears in our factory, but it's really ugly when you're in second place on the grid and you can't start the race."

Ferrari dropped 118 points behind Mercedes in the F1 world constructors’ championship and is now enduring its joint-longest run without a podium this year.


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