Italian-Canadian executive who is currently the Chairman of CNH Industrial, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Chairman and CEO of Ferrari and also Chairman of Maserati Sergio Marchionne is taking measures to ensure Scuderia Ferrari does not endure another reliability disaster such as the one it endured in Sepang, at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix. The Maranello team’s nightmare weekend started with an engine failure in qualifying for German driver Sebastian Vettel and ended with the demise of Kimi Raikkonen on the Malaysia Grand Prix grid after another power unit breakdown.
While Ferrari has identified the cause of the failures, Sergio Marchionne vowed to implement changes in the manufacturer’s engine department and its “young team” of engineers:
“Yesterday both Ferraris could have won the race,” Sergio Marchionne explained, speaking at a public event in Italy on Monday. “That is a fact. It could have also been the same at Singapore, that is another fact. It’s also a fact that we’ve got some issues with our power units because we have a young team, but also because the quality of the components is not at the right level for a race car. We are intervening and we are working on it. It’s almost fortunate we haven’t had that problem until the Malaysian GP. Now we are working on the quality department and making some organisational changes. Having this kind of problem during the race make us angry. That’s not a big problem if this kind of issue appears in our factory, but it’s really ugly when you’re in second place on the grid and you can’t start the race.” – Sergio Marchionne said, as reported on Monday by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.