Kimi Raikkonen looked baffled and disappointed in light of Ferrari's lack of pace and incapability of stepping up in Germany. Both cars from the Italian team were stuck in the third row after qualifying and came up empty against Mercedes and Red Bull on Sunday, without making it to the podium.
"We just weren't fast enough,"conceded the Finn. "It's as simple as that, unfortunately. "Hopefully we'll find some tools hopefully to challenge both of them later on. It's not going to be easy.
"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."
Ferrari's Maurizio Arrivabene had previously declared the team has already started focusing on 2017, after giving up on major updates for the current season. Therefore, the Belgian GP after the summer break will certainly be a tough challenge for the Maranello-based squad.
Asked if he was more optimistic about Spa, where he is a four-time winner, Raikkonen answered: "Not really. I mean, it's a completely different layout than here, 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."
Going once again back to the race at Hockenheim, the Finn complained about tyre degradation, made worse by a lack of downforce. However, he admitted Ferrari problems are not rooted just on one area.
"Probably I was expecting the tyres to last a bit better, so it made a bit tricky," Raikkonen said. "It wasn't too bad when we had the first [set of] tyres, but they dropped off quite quickly.
"We need more downforce to go faster, and this will make a difference with tyre life. But here it looks like we were just lacking overall speed.
"There are moments where we can be very fast in a race but it doesn't last long enough."
By Beatrice Zamuner