Friday, 23 May 2014

Ferrari not shopping around


Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci has completely denied reports linking his team with a move for Red Bull Racing chief designer Adrian Newey confirming that he did not make any approach to the 55 year old Englishman about joining the Italian team. Mattiacci also confirmed that to the best of his knowledge Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemelo did not approach Newey.

Speaking at Thursday's FIA team principal's press conference, Mattiacci confirmed that his aim to work with the resources that the team currently have at their disposal.

Ferrari have endured a difficult start to the 2014 season and are currently in third place in the Constructors championship behind both Mercedes and Red Bull. In the opening five Grand Prix of the season the team have managed to score just one podium finish which came at the Chinese Grand Prix, courtesy of Fernando Alonso.

Mattiacci also stated that the Italian team need to 'dramatically improve' their performances if they want to compete with Red Bull and Mercedes this season.

Ferrari had a mixed start to their Monaco Grand Prix weekend yesterday as Fernando Alonso topped the time sheets while Kimi Raikkonen suffered a gearbox issue (which did not result in a grid penalty for the Finn).

Monaco is a completely different type of circuit compared to the last event at the Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya as it is a street circuit and as such it means that the other teams on the grid like Ferrari are hoping that they will be in a position to close the gap to Mercedes this weekend as the Brackley based outfit have dominated the opening five Grand Prix in 2014.

©Ben Johnston 2014

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