Compromised start hindered Ferrari in Montreal – Arrivabene


Sebastian Vettel recovered from falling to eighteenth early on in Canada to finish fourth - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene feels Scuderia Ferrari’s race unravelled right at the start, with Sebastian Vettel breaking his front wing and Kimi Raikkonen falling back to seventh, with neither driver able to make the podium at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Vettel fell to the back of the field after being forced to pit early for a new front wing assembly, but forced his way back up to fourth by the chequered flag, while Raikkonen was hampered in the closing stages of the race by a brake issue that prevented him from using fresher tyres to attack for a potential podium.

Arrivabene feels Ferrari will go away from Canada with a lot of questions to answer to what happened on Sunday, especially after Vettel and Raikkonen started second and fourth.

“Unfortunately, our race was compromised right from the start, when Seb’s car was damaged so he was no longer able to give it his best shot,” said Arrivabene. “Initially, our data showed the damage was not too serious. It was only in the following laps that the wing broke, causing further damage to the turning vanes and the floor.

“As for Kimi, towards the end he had a problem with the braking system control. Right from tomorrow in Maranello we will carry out a detailed analysis of the race, making the most of the data gathered as we prepare as well as possible for the next round in Baku.”