Ferrari making changes after engine failures

Ferrari making changes after engine failures

Ferrari will introduce "different standards" after both of its cars suffered engine failures at the Malaysian Grand Prix, says President Sergio Marchionne.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (10:16 pm)

Sebastian Vettel lined up at the back of the grid at Sepang, due to a failure in qualifying, while Kimi Räikkönen, second on the grid, was unable to even start.


Both issues were linked to the airflow connecting the engine to the turbo, though there has been no official word from the team on the exact causes.


Vettel recovered from last to fourth position, but he is now 34 points adrift of title leader Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari falling 118 behind Mercedes.


Marchionne reckons that, without the engine problems, and the first-lap collision in Singapore, Ferrari could have finished 1-2 at the past two races.


"The fact that both the Ferraris could have beaten everybody is undisputed," Marchionne was quoted by Reuters at an event in Rovereto, northern Italy.


"It was also the case in Singapore.


"Without external factors, those cars would have been first and second."


Marchionne made reference to Ferrari's "young" engine department as he declared that the "entire chain" would be addressed to ensure no repeat.


"We are addressing the entire chain to impose different standards," he said.


"It's one thing breaking an engine on the bench at home, but it really looks bad when you have to be pushed off the grid from second place.


"It's enough to make you pull your hair out."


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