Belfast Telegraph

Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene dismisses Sebastian Vettel's World crown tilt

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene does not believe the team can challenge Mercedes for the championship this year - even if Sebastian Vettel feels he is still in the title hunt.

Despite a number of upgrades for almost every team on the grid at the Spanish Grand Prix, it was Mercedes who dominated again as Nico Rosberg won from pole and championship leader Lewis Hamilton took second.

Vettel finished third to remain on the coat-tails of the leaders but the four-time World champion was some distance behind and never looked like adding to the one race victory he has to his name this year.

The German was asked after the race if he thought he was still in the battle for the championship and he replied: "Yes, I think I'm still in the fight. We are able to improve our car."

But Arrivabene gave a more damning prediction on Ferrari's hopes of winning this year and insisted his only interest is on catching the Mercedes.

"Fighting for the championship is a bit too much," he conceded. "I didn't say (we would win) two races this year. To be honest, I said three races. I still believe this is achievable but there is nothing that you can achieve without working hard and this is what we have to do.

"I don't really care about being on the podium. If you look at the situation that we had last year, now every race weekend we are on the podium. What I care about is the gap."

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph