HUNGARORING, 27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari secured their best result of the season with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and sixth respectively.
Although this result moves the Italian squad to third in the constructors’ championship, team principal Marco Mattiacci remained realistic about their chances of progressing after the summer break.
“We are behind by points of a second and this means weeks and months of work," he explained.
“We cannot allow ourselves to shut down mentally, I think that’s why we need to be careful about this second place, I think we still need to be cautious”.
When questioned about the amount of work that lies ahead for the team, Mattiacci continued to insist that more needs to be done to keep the likes of Williams and Force India at bay.
Complacency, he told a packed media session, is not the answer to the team’s lack of straight line speed and pace.
“We have to be aware that there is still a huge amount of work to be done," he said. “The team now has to understand the meaning of the second place."
As Formula One heads into its summer break this weekend, their new team principal noted that there is still time to develop the car at the remaining eight races. All improvements made to the 2014 design will aid next year’s challenger in time for the first race in March.
“I think you have to be careful to judge a season by what happened during a weekend," he said following the race.
“We already know the strengths and weaknesses within the team; it is not a weekend that is going to change this."
As for where the improvements need making, Mattiacci was not specific, instead addressing the overall design of the car and those who built it. Joining the team well into the 2014 season, the forty-three-year-old had no say in the creation of the F14.
“We need to change the car three hundred and sixty degrees, it is not just the aerodynamics, it is not just the chassis, it is the team and the car,"he noted.
“I am confident about the team spirit we are bringing but I do not believe in luck”.