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GP Week : Issue 223
Ferrari's Maurizio Arrivabene was left fuming after a wheel-nut problem at sebastian Vettel's pit stop cost the squad a podium place. Vettel had been running in a comfortable third place before being delayed at his sole pit stop when mechanics struggled to fit the right rear wheel. It cost the German some ten seconds, enough time for fourth placed Felipe Massa to steal third. Though Vettel closed in the final laps he was never able to challenge Massa, leaving the Ferrari driver fourth and his Italian boss ropeable. "We threw away one more time for a stupid piece that we need to fix as soon as possible. This is not the first time and it is not acceptable," Arrivabene lamented. "It was a problem with the wheelnut. It is not the first time so we have now to make sure that it does not happen again. "It was not a problem of the mechanics – it was our problem and we have to make sure that we fix it." The weekend had promised so much for the Prancing Horse after showing well in practice leaving many pundits to tip the Austrian race Ferrari's best chance to win since Sepang. The race didn't start well though. Kimi Raikkonen's day ended after just two corners when he lost the rear of his car under acceleration, taking Fernando Alonso out in the process, while Vettel never had the pace to match the Mercedes duo at the front of the race. "There is no images on the camera of Alonso, so we have to trust Kimi who said that the car had wheelspin," Arrivabene explained of Raikkonen's race-ending crash. "Sebastian made a great race. I have to say Mercedes are still strong." 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRIA PARTNERS: Ferrari boss left fuming