Ferrari add embarrassment to frustration

Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:38pm EDT
 
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ferrari were already feeling the frustration and Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix added a measure of embarrassment to the mix for Formula One's most successful and glamorous team.

With company president Sergio Marchionne present and hoping to witness the team's first win of the season, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen could not have chosen a more unfortunate moment to collide.

"It isn't something you usually see with Ferrari," Marchionne told Sky television after the first lap coming together between the two red cars.

"I'm more embarrassed for them than me, if I'm honest...but the comeback was a masterpiece so I'm happy about that."

Both cars were damaged and had to pit but Vettel still finished second, behind the Mercedes of championship leader Nico Rosberg, with Raikkonen fighting back to fifth.

The presence of the big boss went some way to explaining Vettel's very public spat with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat, who was angrily accused by the German of charging through 'like a torpedo' and forcing him into Raikkonen.

Ferrari have made too many mistakes this season, however, and team principal Maurizio Arrivabene was not a happy man either.

"I don’t want to talk about the others, Red Bull or any others," he told reporters. "I think that today in normal circumstances we would be able to have a very, very good chance to win. That’s for sure.”   Continued...