Ferrari’s Maurizio Arrivabene: “We must turn the page”

Maurizio Arrivabene - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Maurizio Arrivabene insists his Scuderia Ferrari team need to have strong races every weekend if they are to be a success and a force in Formula 1 again after struggling during the British Grand Prix last weekend.

The Ferrari team principal watched as Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel could only finish fifth and ninth respectively at Silverstone on Sunday after struggling with their outright pace the whole way through the weekend at the British track.

Arrivabene believed both drivers did the best job they could have done during the race, but is now looking to put their troubles of Silverstone behind them to hopefully have a better weekend at the Hungaroring in two weeks time.

“We knew, coming here, that it would not be an easy track for us – but if you want to be on top, there must be no ‘difficult’ ones,” said Arrivabene.

“This is a circuit which, power unit aside, puts a premium on other factors which we were lacking here. It’s not the first time it happens, but perhaps it was much more apparent this weekend.

“In these conditions, we opted for a very aggressive strategy, pitting in for Intermediates after the initial Safety Car stint. Unfortunately, this choice did not pay off because of the Virtual Safety Car which came out immediately afterwards.

“But to be honest, the best we could have done was to gain one position in the race. Our drivers did a solid job, despite being hampered and somewhat frustrated by the technical issues we are aware of.

“Now we must turn the page, look ahead to Hungary and capitalize on the hard lesson we learned here”.