Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said the team needs to “improve on all fronts” following their disappointing start to the season in Austria last weekend.Charles Leclerc salvaged second place from the race, qualifying exposed the car’s shortcomings, leaving him seventh on the grid. Sebastian Vettel failed to make the cut for Q3 and lined up 11th.
“This is certainly not the grid position that a team like Ferrari should have and we have to respond immediately,” said Camilleri. “It’s clear that we have to improve on all fronts.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said before the race weekend the team will bring an extensive upgrade package for the Hungarian Grand Prix next week.
“The only solution is to react and I’m pleased by the immediate reaction and the work that Mattia and all his team are putting in at every level,” said Camilleri.
“This is not just to bring to the track today what was scheduled to be ready tomorrow, but also to speed up the programme of development for the coming races. This is the response of a united team which is rolling up its sleeves and facing the problems head on, without crying about it.
“We are at the start of a new cycle with a long-term plan. Any setbacks will certainly not change our chosen course and I have any confidence in Mattia and the team in addressing our shortcomings.”
Camilleri praised Leclerc’s recovery drive to an unexpected podium finish. “Charles put on a show yesterday in Austria, both in his ability to see the opportunities that came his way in the latter stages and, above all, in his defence when he was under attack from quicker cars in terms of pure speed. He confirmed yet again his talent and determination to defend the colours of the Scuderia, even if there was no need of any further proof.”
“It was a pity for Sebastian who couldn’t show his best performance because he was uncomfortable with the balance of the car.”
“Now we are analysing the data to understand the reasons why,” he added. “We know there’s lots of work to do.”
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