underway at Ferrari, says Mattiacci
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[July 07, 2014]
By Alan Baldwin
LONDON (Reuters) - Ferrari will be a
different Formula One team next year with changes already being made at
Maranello, principal Marco Mattiacci said after Sunday's British Grand
Fernando Alonso finished only sixth for the Italian team at
Silverstone while Kimi Raikkonen crashed out on the opening lap of a
race won by Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes.
Asked about the future of Ferrari engine head Luca Marmorini, with
some reports in Italy last week indicating he had left the team,
Mattiacci refused to comment.
"I don't want to point to any individual. We are redesigning the
team, we are reinforcing the team," the boss, who replaced Stefano
Domenicali at the helm in April, told reporters. "I don't make
comments about individuals.
"We don't have to make any announcements," he continued. "The best
announcements are results... we are not happy to be sixth. The
weekend was bittersweet, a lot of emotion and positive things but we
are not happy to be sixth.
"Starting from here we need to prepare a different team for 2015. Do
we need to do an announcement? No. Do we need to improve? Continuous
improvement, yes. That is our position."
Ferrari are third in the championship but now only three points
clear of Williams, who might have ended the day ahead had Brazilian
Felipe Massa's car not been badly damaged when Raikkonen crashed
Mattiacci praised Alonso's race from 16th on the grid, and Raikkonen
emerging unscathed from his big accident, as positives.
Alonso, a double world champion, has been on the podium just once
this season while 2007 champion Raikkonen has finished no higher
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Ferrari are 220 points behind leaders Mercedes in the constructors'
championship with 10 races remaining.
The fire and ice driver pairing had been a talking point before the
season but they have instead been also-rans with the title battle
now a duel between Mercedes team mates Hamilton and championship
leader Nico Rosberg.
Mattiacci said Ferrari were working hard to improve "what is
improvable" on the car.
"We have brought a lot of aerodynamics improvement in the last races
that found a positive effect on the track so this is a good starting
point," he said.
(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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