Fer­rari pun­ished for ‘ig­nor­ing’ qual­ity con­trol

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Fer­rari pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mar­chionne says his team has paid the price for ‘ig­nor­ing’ qual­ity con­trol, but is adamant it is not too late to res­cue its For­mula 1 sea­son.

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel’s ti­tle hopes have been all but dashed after a crash in Sin­ga­pore and en­gine trou­bles in Malaysia and Ja­pan.

That has helped ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton open up a 59-point ad­van­tage in the stand­ings with four races re­main­ing.

Although Mar­chionne has ex­pressed some frus­tra­tion about a €59 spark plug cost­ing the team so dearly, he also stated that Fer­rari should “re­new the com­mit­ment” to com­po­nent qual­ity con­trol.

“It was a tech­ni­cal non­sense that had an impact on a car that costs mil­lions of eu­ros,” said Mar­chionne in an in­ter­view with Italy’s Class CNBC tele­vi­sion chan­nel.

“It’s a prob­lem we’ve prob­a­bly ig­nored over time be­cause it was never of much im­por­tance.

“Now we’ve had at least three oc­ca­sions where we’ve re­ally seen the dev­as­tat­ing impact on per­for­mance. We’ll fix it.”

Vet­tel could have won the pre­vi­ous three grands prix, but only has a fourth place in Malaysia to show from the trio of races.

In ad­di­tion to its lead driver fall­ing out of se­ri­ous ti­tle con­tention, Fer­rari has dropped from 39 points be­hind Mercedes at the sum­mer break to 145 points in ar­rears.

Mar­chionne be­lieves that the pace of his team’s car means the chance to pres­sure Mercedes re­mains as the sea­son comes to an end.

“With­out be­ing ar­ro­gant, I think it is at the same level if not bet­ter than Mercedes’ to­day,” Mar­chionne added.

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