The home Grand Prix for Italian manufacturers Ferrari was one to forget this weekend at Monza, as Mercedes cruised to a 1-2 finish and saw Sebastian Vettel finish 36 points behind Lewis Hamilton.
In truth, the scenario for Ferrari could have been a lot worse as the results mean that Hamilton has a ten-point lead at the top of the driver’s championship, meaning there’s still plenty to play for in the coming months, but president Sergio Marchionne was extremely vocal with his disappointments.
After a strong return from the mid-season break at Spa, the Italian side encountered numerous problems this weekend with under-braking and rain in free practice that followed a difficult opening day for the team.
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An inquest has now begun into what went wrong this weekend, as Marchionne claimed his side ‘screwed up’ the set-up if the car – but stated that his team would return to their best for the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks time.
Quoted by German broadcaster RTL, Ferrari’s president said:
“I think we just screwed up. The setup for the car was wrong. I think we underestimated the circuit.”
“We screwed up from Belgium, from Spa, into here. Now, we need to go back to the factory and find out which way the car went sideways. But we will be back in Singapore.”
The defeat in Monza isn’t what has raised alarm bells though, with the concerns instead being the manner of the loss – as it was clear from the start that Ferrari were unable to keep pace with their title rivals, giving Mercedes a comfortable race.
Ferrari changed their set-up on Friday and, with the last free practice session hit by rain, their first time utilising the system was in Sunday’s race- a massive risk which failed to pay off.