Recording its worst result in ten years, Mattia Binotto summed up Ferrari’s feelings after a point-less Belgian GP: Disappointed and angry.
Although Ferrari headed to Spa, a race where last season they were 1-2 on the grid and 1-2 at the chequered flag, acknowleding it would be a difficult weekend given the many problems, not just engine related, of the SF1000, it was worse than they expected.
Neither driver made it out of Q2 on Saturday with Charles Leclerc qualifying 13th and Sebastian Vettel P14.
Leclerc, though, had a brief flash of hope at the start of Sunday’s 44-lap Belgian Grand Prix as he made a flying start, shooting his way up to eighth on the opening lap.
That, however, just meant he would be passed by car after car after car as he struggled for power and pace the straights and just could not defend.
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The Monégasque driver eventually finished the grand prix in 14th place with Vettel P13.
It was Ferrari’s worst two-car result in ten years.
“We are disappointed and angry, as indeed are our fans and with good reason,” Binotto said.
“It’s a difficult moment in a season that we knew from the start would be a tough one, but it’s at times like this that we need to stand firm and look ahead in order to get over this difficult period.
“It’s the only way we will get out of this situation.”
The team boss acknowledged that his drivers had done their maximum in the under-performing car.
“On a track that requires aerodynamic efficiency and power, we were severely lacking in both,” he added.
“Charles and Sebastian did their very best, both yesterday in qualifying and today in the race, but we couldn’t even get into the points.”
With seven races Ferrari is fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with 61 points, a massive 203 behind runaway championship leaders Mercedes.
Leclerc acknowledged that even DRS couldn’t help Ferrari on Sunday.
“It was extremely frustrating, as it has been a very difficult weekend for us,” he said.
“The race was not any easier as we’ve had issues on the two pit stops that we made, which made me lose quite a lot of lap time and positions.
“I tried to catch back up, but it is very difficult for us to overtake, even with the DRS.
“We need to work and find something because like this it is very difficult.”