Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Monday that he feels very bad about Ferrari's misfortune in Sunday's Formula One Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. "Seeing Ferrari struggling tears my soul apart. This is not the Scuderia's DNA", Marchionne said on the sidelines of a Fiat event at the company's historic Mirafiori plant in Turin. "Yesterday was a awful day. We must close that half a second gap at lightspeed, I was too used to the Ferrari of Schumacher's times", Marchionnne added commenting the result of the last race.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was thrown out of contention at the third corner by Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat after starting from the seventh position due to a 5-place penalty for changing the gearbox, while Kimi Raikkonen closed the race in third but he never seemed in condition to attack either of the Mercedes pair, who got another one-two finish. "We are close, the problem is that the last gap of half a second" between Mercedes and Ferrari "is very difficult to close", Marchionne added. The CEO of the FCA Group then highlighted that "technical shortcomings emerged from the bad luck we had in first three races and from this last one, despite the efforts from the team". "In the past, the planning was wrong, but this time it is not the case. We can't blame anybody" in the team, Marchionne concluded.