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Ferrari "failed" on 2016 F1 targets - Marchionne

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Sep 3, 2016, 12:29 PM

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has admitted that the Italian team has 'failed' with its ambitions this year, as he set sights on a recovery in 2017.

Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari President and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
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Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H

Marchionne declared before the start of the season that he wanted the team to win from the very first race ahead of a full assault on the world championship.

But despite leading the early stages of the Australian Grand Prix, Ferrari fell short there and has failed to win in the meantime.

With Mercedes on course for another world championship double, Marchionne conceded that he had given up on hope of Ferrari achieving all he wanted it to do this season.

Speaking to media as he arrived to watch qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, Marchionne said: "I think we failed the targets, I don't think there's a doubt in my mind.

"It's no use putting sweeteners on the stuff, the car isn't there and I don't think we developed it. I think we started well in Australia, I think that we failed in developing the car during the season, which is due to a variety of reasons."

Ferrari recently split with technical director James Allison and has subsequently worked on a new approach to its structure, having a more horizontal organisation.

Marchionne confirmed that the team believed it had enough strength in depth at the team, and did not need to find a big name star to replace Allison.

"We keep on focusing on a single individual as being the answer to all these problems," he said. "James was a great technician and I think he had the variety of skills that certainly were relevant for parts of the car.

"He was not a power unit guy and never had been. Mattia [Binotto] is, and I think he's done a tremendous job in terms of bringing the power unit from where it was at the end of 2014 to where we are today.

"I think we have huge talent inside the structure today. Other than particular plug-ins of people, I would not be looking for the great hero to come in and turn this thing around. The skill level inside the Scuderia is huge, let them work."

Looking forward to 2017, Marchionne said he was confident that Ferrari could bounce back and return to winning ways.

"I feel quite comfortable that this team are quite capable of turning the fate of the Scuderia around. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of season left," he said.

"Let them finish the season, I think we'll do the best we can for the rest of '16 and the fight starts in 2017 with the first race."

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