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