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Angry Marchionne warns of changes

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02/10/2017

While Sebastian Vettel's sterling drive to fourth went some way to limiting the damage, the fact is that had the two scarlet Ferraris started form the front of the grid yesterday it is entirely possible that the Maranello outfit could have scored a 1-2, thereby closing the gap in both championships.

But for Vettel to have to start from the back of the grid after suffering a cracked manifold in qualifying, and teammate Kimi Raikkonen not to even start the race due to a similar issue, is seen by the Italian team, the Italian media, the Tifosi and company president Sergio Marchionne as a disaster, especially, coming as it does two weeks after the nightmare of Singapore.

Speaking in Italy today, a clearly furious Marchionne warned of changes.

"Yesterday both Ferraris could have won the race," he said.

"That's a fact," he insisted. "And it could have also been the same at Singapore... that's another fact.

"It's also a fact that we've got some issues with our power units because the quality of the components is not at the right level for a race car.

"Now we are intervening and we are working on it," he warned. "Now we are working on the quality department and making some organisational changes.

"Having this kind of problem during the race make us angry," he admitted. "It's not a big problem if this kind of issue appears in our factory, but it's really ugly when you're in second place on the grid and you cannot start the race."

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1. Posted by @R1Racing71, 03/10/2017 10:32

"Throw in Baku and that's another victory lost......

Looks like Ferrari are in danger of shooting themselves in the foot once again and grab defeat from the jaws of victory.
Not only do they have a massively fast car, had they started in the correct position Seb and Kimi would have been on the plane to Japan while the Mercedes were still crossing the finish line.

And to add to Mercedes woes, Red Bull seem to have the measure of them too, so as long as Ferrari keep their cool Lewis should be looking at a string of 5th places now for the rest of the season.

Bookies have Seb at 6-1 for the championship which could temp those whom are inclined, unless of course they have the measure of the Ferrari management."

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2. Posted by mickl, 02/10/2017 23:44

"Oh dear...retirement is coming up and not a championship to show for it as Ferrari president....di Montezemolo must must phone Marchionne up every other week to remind him of how many championships he won when he was in charge."

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3. Posted by bfairey, 02/10/2017 19:30

"Now they will have to spend that extra bonus money."

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4. Posted by copy_dude, 02/10/2017 18:52

"(Horses') Heads will roll! "

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