Ferrari Racing chief Maurizio Arrivabene is adamant that the Italian racing giant aren’t out of title race despite losing further ground to arch rival Mercedes F1 in the recent Russian Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen trails race leader Nico Rosberg (Williams F1) by around 57 points in the Driver’s Championship, while Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel is 67 points behind. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes F1 has a lead of around 81 points, almost twice that of Ferrari’s.
Reports suggest that the team is in serious trouble, the deficit to Mercedes appeared to be the largest of the season in Russian GP, but Arrivabene feels it was only specific to the Russian race and has no effect to its overall standing. The Ferrari boss is not losing hope and still expecting a much closer fight in the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix.
However, with Ferrari newly elected CEO Sergio Marchionne recently saying the Italian outfit must close the gap at the speed of lights if it wants to take on the might of its arch rival Mercedes F1 after another disappointing Russian GP, it’s now clear that the pressure is on for Ferrari.
Recently, Ferrari’s F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has issued a warning to Ferrari that it will put a lot of pressure on Mercedes this year for coming close to winning the Australian race.
The 28-year-old Vettel, who was taken out by Daniil Kvyat in the Russian GP, now slips to fifth in the Drivers’ Championship just 67 points adrift of Nico Rosberg. The driver has admitted that the pressure is mounting for himself and his team to deliver better results after a disappointing results from these opening three races of 2016.
I guess there’s a natural sense of pressure, especially from myself,” Vettel said in a statement, via the Crash.net. “I think there were races I was very happy and there were occasions where I know that I didn’t do the best possible job, but that’s how it is.”
Vettel is currently seeking a strong race at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix in a bid to put the disappointment of this season’s opening three races behind him.
Despite his disappointments, Vettel still has high hopes heading into the season. Vettel knows that the 2016 season is long, which is now the longest season in F1 history with 21 F1 races, and also believes that his team is working hard to achieve its goal for this season.
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