Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said after the bittersweet Monaco GP that his team won’t give up on this year’s championship as the season is still in its early phase. The team is preparing developments for the forthcoming race in Canada.
Arrivabene said that the team’s chances were hampered after the misfortunes in qualifying where Kimi Räikkönen was penalized due to gearbox change and Vettel’s pace faded as qualifying progressed.
“Today it was a very tricky race, and the outcome was partly compromised by our qualifying performance.”
“An aggressive race strategy, with an early call for intermediate tires, was the only option we could take to gain positions, and it’s no use to complain about other drivers who hampered us on the track. If we had qualified better, the result would also had been better.”
The Italian was buoyed by the race speed of their car. However, he stressed that the team needs to ensure that the speed remains steady over the entire race weekend.
“Our car had a very good race pace but that’s not enough, as we must make sure that we stay competitive for the whole weekend.
The flamboyant team leader promised that Ferrari will push very hard to improve.
“We now look forward to the next race in Canada where we don’t want to be caught out, as we want to be up to our name. The season is still very long, and it’s not in the DNA of Ferrari to surrender.”
“Having said this, we must work hard to cure our weak spots, while improving further on all areas where we are strong already.”
Ferrari plans to upgrade its turbo in the next race in Canada. However, the team is unsure whether it has to spend tokens on that or the changes can be made on reliability grounds.
"We will bring upgrades for the PU (in Canada). But we don't know if we will spend tokens. We're still talking with the FIA," added Arrivabene.