Ferrari vows to improve procedures

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has promised that the squad will improve its procedures after Fernando Alonso copped a time penalty due to a grid infringement.

A problem with the battery on Alonso's car meant that his mechanics were still working on the F14T after the 15 second signal to clear the grid was given.

As a result, Alonso was hit with a five second stop/go penalty, which dropped him down the order and left him in seventh position at the end of the race.

"Fernando’s race was compromised by a problem at the start," said Mattiacci.

"Without that, I firmly believe the podium was within his reach. We know we have missed out on a great opportunity, but we will learn from this incident to pay obsessive attention to our procedures, as we strive to improve reliability."

Chassis technical director Pat Fry echoed Mattiacci's comments and believes that Alonso's race was further compromised by getting stuck behind McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.

"Fernando’s penalty, because of a problem with the charge from the external battery we use on the grid, cost him the chance of fighting for a place on the podium and from this incident we must learn to improve our procedures," he said.

"From then on, his race was compromised and whatever strategy we went for would have seen him in traffic: that’s how it turned out and unfortunately, he suffered a lot behind Magnussen, who could count on better straight line speed."


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