Ar­riv­abene be­lieves car per­for­mance, not strat­egy cost Fer­rari win in Spain

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Fer­rari team boss Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene said the car’s per­for­mance in the fi­nal sec­tor in Barcelona pre­vented it from win­ning the Span­ish Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikko­nen was close be­hind Max Ver­stap­pen through­out the fi­nal stages but was never able to get a good enough run out of the fi­nal turn to take ad­van­tage of DRS on the pit straight to pass the Dutch­man into the first cor­ner.

Ar­riv­abene ar­gued the Fer­rari’s de­fi­ciency, and not strat­egy, cost the team the win.

“If we had re­versed the strat­egy most prob­a­bly Se­bas­tian [Vet­tel] would have been in the same po­si­tion as Kimi,” he ex­plained.

“The prob­lem was not the strat­egy, the prob­lem was we were not good enough in the last part of the track, in the slow cor­ner. So it wasn’t a ques­tion of strat­egy. The ques­tion is, like in qual­i­fy­ing, why were we very, very slow in the last part of the track?”

It was a dif­fi­cult week­end for Fer­rari as they strug­gled for pace in qual­i­fy­ing, with the Red Bulls of Ver­stap­pen and Daniel Ric­cia­rdo out­qual­i­fy­ing Raikko­nen and Vet­tel.

Raikko­nen stuck be­hind Red Bull

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