Italian-Canadian executive and Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne admitted that his team “screwed up” at the last two races, the Belgian and Italian grands prix, adding that the Maranello teams now needs to focus and find out what exactly went wrong after they were crushed by Formula One main title rival Mercedes, who has increased the lead the Formula 1 Constructor Standings, while Sebastian Vettel for the moment has lost first place in the Driver Standings given the results at the Monza track on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton claimed back-to-back wins at Spa and Monza, and although he was challenged at the Belgian Grand Prix by German driver Sebastian Vettel, neither Scuderia Ferrari SF70H car was anyway near the Mercedes duo at the Maranello team’s home race, where the pair claimed a one-two finish, with Lewis Hamilton more than half a minute ahead of Sebastian Vettel in third-place:
“I think we just screwed up. The set-up for the car was wrong. I think we underestimated the circuit. I think 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.” – Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne explained, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.
After the disappointing result at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari will return to its Maranello factory during the next seven days in order to try and identify why both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen struggled to get comfortable with the car over the Monza weekend – especially under braking, which up until now has been a major strong point for the Italian team during the first part of the 2017 Formula One championship. Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, who eventually finished only in fifth place at Monza after struggling for pace, said there was no answer for the performance deficit and believes things will turn around at the next event in Singapore: “I don’t know, obviously very difficult question as if we know [what’s wrong] we obviously would improve straightway, but if you take pure layout it is probably one of the circuits that it’s not going to be so easy for us unfortunately, our home grand prix. I would be surprised if at the next race it’s not a different story, obviously at this circuits we are lacking in speed.” – Kimi Raikkonen concluded.