Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have bemoaned their starts to the 2020 F1 season after a horror weekend in Hungary.
Ferrari has fallen behind alarmingly and sits fifth in the constructors’ championship after three races, with Charles Leclerc’s second-placed finish at the Austrian Grand Prix the only time a member of the Scuderia has stood on the podium this year.
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Sebastian Vettel, who is seeking a new home for 2021 after Ferrari signed Carlos Sainz to partner Leclerc next season, has slumped to 10th in the drivers’ standings while his young teammate is seventh.
It’s not where anyone expected Ferrari to be, least of all team boss Mattia Binotto.
“After three races, it’s clear that we are in worse shape than we expected and we need to react without delay,” Binotto said.
“The entire car project has to be revised, while taking into consideration the limits currently imposed by the regulations.
“I am well aware there is no magic wand in Formula 1, but we have to step up a gear to turn things around, both in the short and the long term.
“It might also be necessary to look at our organisation to improve and strengthen our working methods where the need is greatest. But first, as a team, we need to understand the dynamic that led to this situation.”
While Binotto said “it’s not by sacking people that you make a car go faster”, it’s clear something drastic needs to happen for the Prancing Horse to get back where it belongs.
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Ferrari needs to fix things, fast.Source:AFP
Alfa Romeo is eighth in the drivers’ standings with only two points from the first three races and Kimi Raikkonen isn’t happy about it. The veteran failed to finish the first race, came 11th at the Styrian Grand Prix and crossed the line 15th in Budapest after starting at the back of the grid because his team was slowest in qualifying.
“It has been a disaster but we just have to do things better,” Raikkonen said of the Hungarian Grand Prix. “And we have to make the car faster — as simple as that.
“It wasn’t a very busy race for me. Unfortunately, starting where we did meant we had a very difficult job ahead of us. We did what we could but it wasn’t enough for points.”
Although upbeat about the pace the cars showed during the main event Raikkonen said “we have a lot of work to do to improve our qualifying” while teammate Antonio Giovinazzi — 14th in the drivers’ championship — also knows there’s plenty of improvement needed.
“The one-week break before Silverstone will be very important for us to understand a little more about what happened in the last few weeks,” he said.
“We must work really hard to improve our car and be in better shape for the next triple header.”
Kimi Raikkonen wants to forget the “disaster” in Hungary.Source:Getty Images
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