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Ferrari needs a long hard look at itself - Mattiacci

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Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has told his team it needs to have "a long hard look" at what it is doing if it is to achieve better results.

Ferrari's slow start to the season saw Stefano Domenicali stand down as team principal after just three races and Mattiacci take over. Despite scoring a podium on his first race in charge, Mattiacci says recent performances - including last weekend's 6th- and 10th-place finishes in Canada - are not acceptable.

"The final result [in Canada] was definitely not satisfactory, far from it, but the improvement in performance seen over the weekend shows that to get the most out of our package, we have to push in those areas where our opponents are making the difference," he said. "As for the future, I can't make predictions, but I would ask the team to take a long hard look at what they are doing and work together, putting in maximum effort so that our drivers can fight for more ambitious results."

Ferrari's main weakness remains its V6 turbo power unit, with the F14 T significantly down on power compared to rivals Mercedes. Aerodynamic and engine updates were brought to the car in Canada, but Fernando Alonso said they were not all successful.

"There are some new parts that we didn't use due to the temperatures and on the engine side there were minimal changes all related to the software, so I don't think the step there was something that we could feel," he said. "I expect that the next race will be better, not because Austria suits our car, but because here we were too far from the points with our two cars [in Canada]."

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