Ferrari F1 boss Maurizio Arrivabene says that, the team “cannot fail” at the Hungarian Grand Prix if it wants to genuinely fight Mercedes for the rest of the season.
Next week’s Grand Prix at the Hungary marks the halfway point in the season and Arrivabene admits performances have not been good enough so far, as he had expected to have seen a Ferrari win by this point.
Arrivabene believes the team have now worked out the majority of the troubles they encountered in the first half of the season and says further failures will not be tolerated, as they look to chase down Mercedes in the second half of 2016 season.
“After Hungary we cannot fool around anymore,” Arrivabene is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com.
“After that [race], we will understand what chances there are and where we are and I believe that we cannot fail.
“Earlier in the season we had some problems related to certain components of the power unit, and these were sorted to the point that today our strong point is the engine.
“Now we need to work on reliability and other areas such as the aerodynamics.”
Ferrari chief insists the focus for Ferrari is still on catching Mercedes and claims they are not overly concerned about being outscored by rivals Red Bull in latest races.
“I believe that the progress Red Bull has made is good for F1, because they have helped create more interest and a better show,” he added. “But I still think that our goal is to counter the Mercedes and not Red Bull.”