FER­RARI HAS FAILED TO HIT ITS 2016 TAR­GETS

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Fer­rari pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mar­chionne says the team has fallen short of its tar­gets this sea­son and will be im­me­di­ately switch­ing re­sources to­wards its 2017 at­tack.

The Scud­e­ria had en­joyed an up­swing in form last sea­son, with Se­bas­tian Vet­tel tak­ing three grand prix wins. But this year it has fallen off the pace of its ri­vals and has yet to take a sin­gle win from the 14 races this year.

Last week­end at Monza both Vet­tel and team-mate Kimi Raikko­nen fin­ished well adrift of the works Mercedes of Nico Ros­berg and Lewis Hamilton.

Mar­chionne said: “We failed [to hit] the tar­gets, I don’t think there’s a doubt in my mind. It’s no use putting sweet­en­ers on stuff, the car isn’t there and I don’t think we de­vel­oped it.

“We started well in Aus­tralia and I think that we failed in de­vel­op­ing the car dur­ing the sea­son, due to a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. Three wins in 2015 meant we were per­haps a lit­tle too op­ti­mistic about 2016. The oth­ers im­proved a lot dur­ing the sea­son and we stayed still. Un­for­tu­nately we don’t have a lot of the sea­son left.”

Mar­chionne added that he was pleased with the team dy­namic at the re­mod­elled squad. Fer­rari changed much of its tech­ni­cal staff be­fore the start of 2015, with Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene tak­ing the team man­ager role. More re­cently Bri­ton James Al­li­son has re­signed from the team as tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, with power unit di­rec­tor Mat­tia Binotto re­plac­ing him.

“I feel quite com­fort­able this team are ca­pa­ble of turn­ing the fate of the Scud­e­ria around,” added Mar­chionne. “In terms of the changes we’ve made to the car, I feel a lot more com­fort­able than I did in the past.

“We have huge tal­ent in­side this struc­ture as it is so we aren’t look­ing for the great hero to come in and turn this thing around.”

Fer­rari has lagged against Mercedes Ser­gio Mar­chionne

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