Ferrari make a step up despite Canada setbacks

Mon Jun 8, 2015 10:11am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Ferrari failed to finish on the Formula One podium for the first time this season in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix but still found positives in the performance.

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said it was clear an engine upgrade had delivered even if champions Mercedes dominated the race.

"If you look at the pace of Seb (Vettel) during the race, it's quite clear we were there," he told reporters. "So I think in terms of performance it's fine.

"But when you get points but not the podium you cannot say you are satisfied.

Arrivabene said the upgrade had given the team "the positive answer that we were asking for" but circumstances had not allowed the sport's oldest and most successful team to make the most of it at a circuit that rewards engine power.

"It's a long way to go. We need to recognize that at the moment they (Mercedes) are stronger than us without thinking that we closed the gap so we can beat them every race," added the Italian. "This is not realistic.

"But the answer that we got during this weekend, especially with the race of Seb, was quite good."

Ferrari remain comfortably second in the constructors' standings with 180 points to Mercedes's 285. Mercedes-powered Williams are third on 104.   Continued...

Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives his car during the qualifying session of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi