Todt: a Race to Forget

Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt has called his team's Turkish Grand Prix as a 'race to forget' after the outfit failed to score any points

Todt: a Race to Forget

After struggling for pace all weekend, Michael Schumacher was effectively forced out after a collision with Mark Webber while Rubens Barrichello limped home a lowly 10th after complaining of a lack of grip.

And afterwards Todt admitted that there was almost nothing positive to be taken away from the inaugural event in Istanbul.

"It was a race to forget," he said. "For the third time this season, we head for home having failed to score any points. Chronic lack of grip, which we have suffered from since the start of the season, prevented us from running competitively right from the start of this weekend.

"This afternoon, we saw how our competitors' times improved step by step as the track got more rubber on it, while ours got worse.  Rubens did what he could, while it was a shame to see Michael pitting with a damaged car having been run into by a lapped car."

With Ferrari now heading for their home Grand Prix in Monza in two week's time, Todt is well aware that they need to knuckle down to make improvements.

"I am very disappointed, especially for the large number of Ferrari fans we could see in the grandstands at this great facility.  We must get back to work immediately, along with our partner Bridgestone, to analyse the situation.

"Our aim is to be as well prepared as possible for the race in Monza and those that follow in what has turned out to be a particularly tough season."

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