Mattiacci: We Are Very Angry With Ourselves – And He Finally Speaks…

From GrandPrix 247

Although Fernando Alonso did finish sixth in the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari under performed dismally in Montreal. If it were not for the three retirements ahead of them on the day the Maranello outfit would have been lucky to take home a couple of points, a scenario which new team boss Marco Mattiacci admits irks them.

Speaking after an incident packed race on the Ile Notre Dame, Mattiacci said, “We are very angry with ourselves, but we have no intention of giving up. The Canadian circuit definitely didn’t suit us, given that it highlighted the strong points of some of our competitors and, on top of that, not everything went right either, given that we started from too far back and the others improved more than we did.”

“On the positive side of this weekend, everyone wants to fight back, starting with our drivers, Kimi and Fernando, who are both extremely tenacious guys, competent and competitive and they know how to work as a team to point us in the direction of the areas that are a priority in our development programme. Some updates produced good results on track and that’s why we will continue down this path race by race.”

“We have improved since the start of the year, but every step forward we make must be looked at in the context of what our rivals have done. Ferrari have begun work on a specific approach, based around a few key figures; President Montezemolo, James Allison, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and a group of highly talented engineers.”

“It’s a case of restructuring the team, with people being given the best possible conditions in which to get the job done,” insisted the Italian who was drafted into the Ferrari hot seat in April.

“There is a clearly defined development programme that we are working through and which will see us bring updates to every race. Another major target is to speed up our reaction time, which is something our competitors seem to manage to do,” added Mattiacci.


Well right now I am going to talk (type?) like a hurt fan, not as a blogger. When I first read this story heading I thought finally for once I will not be getting the same old, same old line of bulls**t that I have been hearing for the last four years. No disrespect to Stefano Domenicali after all he did come within a hair of the drivers championship in two of the four years I am referring to, but how many times did I read the line, “We must not panic, we must stay calm….”

Please, if losing the drivers championship not once but twice, and for four years in a row showing up in Melbourne with a mack truck instead of a sleek fast race car, or not once coming out with a cutting edge development, not to mention always falling behind in the ongoing development race against your competitors makes you want to act calmly, well then maybe F1 is not for you after all.

And so here we are like a bad dream that occurs over and over again. New F1 year, new rules, but the same old result, in fact it could be argued Ferrari have gone backwards.

I thought Marco Mattiacci was going to say something more profound after stating he and the entire Ferrari camp were angry at themselves. I though he was about to follow that statement up with some meaningful statement such as “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” to quote a famous 70’s American movie about news and the media (“Network”, if you’re interested to know). However it would appear that I am wrong.

Instead this is the crap I am forced to read through, “There is a clearly defined development programme that we are working through and which will see us bring updates to every race. Another major target is to speed up our reaction time, which is something our competitors seem to manage to do …”

Has Ferrari not learned anything these last four painful years? It’s incredible the large number of words and sentences that amount to absolutely nothing in the way of substance that keep coming from team principals, chief designers, heads of race operations. Sad, really, and at the end of the day you, me, and especially Fernando Alonso are the one’s suffering.

I have now had the chance to listen to Gene Haas address the F1 world in several interviews. He may not sound as polished as some of his European counterparts, but I get a sense that when he is talking he is actually saying something, saying what he feels, not toeing some party line or cloaking his meaning with clever speak.

It this too much to ask?


4 Comments on “Mattiacci: We Are Very Angry With Ourselves – And He Finally Speaks…

  1. Little worse than seeing a one great team become nothing, no matter the reason. Ducati, also Italian, have exactly the same issue over in MotoGP.

    They arrived there because despite protesting how hard it was to ride and falling off plenty Casey Stoner could get enough out of the bike to win titles.

    They did not want to hear of problems and team-mates rotated as they must have the problem.

    By the time Stoner came to move on they were left with a broken bike which they still didn’t think had issues. Nicky Hayden was loyal and a former champ and couldn’t fix it. Valentino Rossi was pinned as the saviour- the all Italian dream pairing- it nearly broke him too. It ruined Marco Melandri before them.

    If you ride it the chances of crashing are high as you have to be on the limit permanently.

    They are only beginning to admit and sort through problems now. New appointments were made in the team. Sackings occurred. Dovizioso does a great job and has managed great results on just about every manufacturer you can think of so is well placed to help and develop.

    To bring it back around the waffle filled press statements about developments instead of winning will keep coming until they admit there is a problem and will continue as they start to address it. It’s all there is to shout about in the meantime.

    For the sake of Ferrari (and their fans/fans of their drivers, like yourself) I hope they are back on track and at the front faster than Ducati, it makes being a fan so frustrating and sad.

    Great thought provoking post though!

  2. Dang! JP , serious unleashing of your thoughts.
    And of course I agree with you.
    I think Ferrari ( like so many instances in life) is living in the past , old energy I call it. And it’s affecting their future ,
    On the other hand it’s very difficult in this day and age to maintain a high
    level of consistency. With that said
    maby we should cut them some slack.
    Ed Arte

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