Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne is highly confident and expects the Italian Formula 1 team can start winning races in 2016, starting with victory at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Although the Italian marque currently sit second in the championship standings and has shown great promise in the first four races of the season, reliability issues and accidents have meant it has failed to present a significant challenge to the leading Mercedes F1 team.
Ferrari president Marchionne believes that “bad luck” has cost them to lost more grounds this season, but believes that the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix will start to turn the tables on its rival Mercedes and could see the team win their first race of 2016. Marchionne also said that once the bad luck goes away, Ferrari will start winning the race.
“I am confident,” Marchionne said during the presentation of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia in Balocco, Italy, via the Motorsport.
“Sunday will be an important day. So far, much of it was down to bad luck, but the season has just begun. I expect us to win shortly, starting with Spain.”
Despite the lack of victories, Marchionne said that he was happy with Ferrari’s current driver lineup and how both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen had performed this year.
Marchionne also claims that “bad luck” has been the main cause of their slow progress this year, and said that he was satisfied with both the team’s drivers’ performances.
“I’m very satisfied with both Vettel and Raikkonen,” Marchionne said in a statement, via the Motorsport. “The only thing that hasn’t worked well is luck.”
The 36-year-old Kimi Raikkonen currently sits third in the Drivers’ standings with 55 points behind leader Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, while Sebastian Vettel is fifth and 67 points behind championship leader Rosberg.
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