Ferrari: We weren’t up to par

Monaco FerrariA catalogue of errors and bad luck cost Ferrari victory in Monaco, that’s the view of Ferrari’s senior management.

The Scuderia were unable to convert an all-scarlet front row into victory at the principality despite the best efforts of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen to hustle McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

The Italian outfit switched Felipe Massa to a one-stop strategy which failed to pay off due to the absence of predicted rain in the latter stages. Kimi Raikkonen’s race meanwhile was ruined from the word go, his Ferrari mechanics failing to fit his tyres before the three-minute countdown to the race start.

“We cannot deny we are disappointed with this definitely negative outcome, the result of a combination of errors on our part and bad luck,” reflected Team Principal Stefano Domenicali.

“With hindsight is it easy to say we should have made different choices, but the reality is that, at every level, we did not meet our usual high standards.”

Team Manager Luca Baldisserri echoed Domenicali disappointment acknowledging that the team failed to live up to their usual high standards.

“We are very disappointed with this result which is definitely below our level of expectation,” said the Italian. “We made mistakes which we have to look at to ensure we don’t do the same again and we also made a few strategy choices, which all things considered turned out to be wrong even if it easy to be wise after the event.”

“We must draw the right conclusions from this weekend, without colouring our judgement with emotion. We showed we were competitive on a track that traditionally has not suited us, but we did not work at our usual high standard.

“In less than a fortnight we will face a similar challenge in Montreal, where in 2007, we had problems. We really want to make up for today’s disappointment.”

Kimi Raikkonen’s collision with Adrian Sutil ultimately pulled the trigger on his Monaco hopes leaving Felipe Massa the only scarlet points-scorer. The Brazilian’s six points allied with Heikki Kovalainen’s no-show ensure that Ferrari retain their lead in the constructors championship with a sixteen point lead over McLaren.