Date: 2nd August 2016 at 2:39pm
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Ferrari started the season with 8 podium finishes from the opening 9 Grand Prix of the season.

Sebastian Vettel collected three second place finishes and three third places finishes, whilst Kimi Raikonnen stood on the second step of the podium twice and the third step twice.

If it hadn’t have been for retirements and reliability issues Ferrari may have scored even more points.

But in recent races that form has dipped.

Vettel’s fourth place finish is Hungary has been the best result either driver could muster in the last three races.

That has seen not only Mercedes pull away into the distance, but also allowed Red Bull Racing to over take them in the Constructors Standings.

‘We just weren’t fast enough [in recent races], It’s as simple as that, unfortunately.

‘Hopefully we’ll find some tools hopefully to challenge both of them [Red Bull and Mercedes] later on. It’s not going to be easy.
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‘Everyone can see where we finished, and it’s obviously painful for all of us. But this is how it is right now, and we just have to work hard and improve.’

So after the summer break will Ferrari return rejuvenated and ready to challenge for a podium position in Belgium?

Can Ferrari be optimistic about what Spa will bring: ‘Not really. I mean, it’s a completely different layout than here [in Germany], so it might be different.

‘But for sure we have work to be done to get where we want to be. We’ll see where we stand, but we need to improve.’