Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne held meetings with Scuderia Ferrari staff in Maranello this week as the team continues to struggle in 2016, Motorsport reports.
The talks come one week after a dismal outing to the British Grand Prix for the Scuderia that saw Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel turn up fifth and ninth, respectively. The team also suffered reliability issues throughout the race weekend, with Vettel breaking two gearboxes prior to race day.
Compounding with the poor form and lackluster reliability is a resurgence of 2013 constructors’ championship winners Red Bull Racing. The team, which consistently finished behind Ferrari in 2015, has claimed a win and four podiums so far this year.
Marchionne has reportedly met with chassis and aerodynamics engineers to figure out whether or not there is more performance to be extracted from the temperamental SF16-H. The Italian-Canadian executive may even shuffle personnel around if he feels they aren’t a good fit in their current position.
Post-race in Britain, Vettel provided no explanation for the team’s poor form in Britain, but said he believes they will be back out front of Red Bull in Hungary.
“It’s probably the only race this year where in terms of race pace we weren’t able to fight (Red Bull) and beat them,” the German said.“But I’m pretty confident that things will look different again in two weeks.
“That’s not an excuse, we had a bad weekend and we need to make sure we address this and we take actions and move forward, understand why we struggled more than other people.”
“Generally everyone is improving we are, other people are but I think this weekend was a step back for us in terms of competitiveness, not necessarily a big step up for other people.”