Ferrari will not change its target of two race wins for the 2015 season following a below-par Canadian Grand Prix, says team boss Maurizio Arrivabene, as doing so would be equivalent to “surrendering”.
After failing to record a victory throughout the 2014 campaign, it took just two races for Ferrari to return to the top step of the podium this season, with Sebastian Vettel triumphing in Malaysia.
Heading to Montreal, Ferrari used engine tokens in a bid to close further on pace-setter Mercedes, but Kimi Räikkönen and Vettel came home fourth and fifth at the end of a messy weekend.
But despite the disappointment of the event, Arrivabene sees no reason to alter expectations.
“No, absolutely no change,” explained Arrivabene, when asked if the result changed Ferrari’s outlook for the rest of the season. “If I change the objectives it’s like if I say, ‘I surrender’, and we don’t surrender.
“Going to the podium every race is boring, but when you go down from the podium it’s the worst.
“I think we need to look up and not down, but don’t change the objectives, no way.”
Arrivabene added that Ferrari’s applied engine upgrades were in line with pre-event expectations, and that his team must accept that Mercedes is simply the stronger force at the moment.
“The engine upgrade was giving us the positive answer that we were asking for,” he said.
“Unfortunately it was not a good weekend, but the response we had from the engine was good.
“We need a bit of humility to recognise at the moment they [Mercedes] are stronger than us, without thinking, ‘OK, now we have closed the gap so we can beat them every race’.
“This is not realistic, but the answer that we get during the weekend is quite good.”