F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Expects a ‘Calmer’ Sebastian Vettel in 2018
“I think that we will see less of his emotional side,” says Ferrari CEO Marchionne. “I think he has learned enough.”
Sergio Marchionne expects to see a calmer Sebastian Vettel in Y 2018, with the Ferrari boss saying ‘Seb’ has learned to control his “emotional side”.
Last season Mr. Vettel enjoyed a 1st title challenge with The Scuderia, but his campaign was eventually marred by unreliability and some personal flash-points.
The 4X world champion was penalized after barging at the Azerbaijan GP, and saw in a costly start-line shunt in Singapore.
“Plus, there were plenty of opportunities for him to get annoyed, as he’s had a couple of rather difficult seasons, this year and the previous one.”
Mr. Marchionne noted, “I think we gave them a great car in 2017 and so, from now on, it’s down to him.”
Kimi Raikkonen. 38 anni, was also rewarded with a new Ferrari deal last year, though he is still without an F1 victory since rejoining the team in Y 2014.
A number of drivers have been linked with Mr. Raikkonen’s seat, but Mr. Marchionne is still backing him.
“I believe he is really great, truly talented and I have never doubted his abilities,” he added. “I tell you, he’s a really top guy, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken Pole at a track like Monaco.
“I think Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari team boss, has done a great job with the drivers and that’s not an easy task.”
Mr. Marchionne said that Ferrari took “giant strides forward” in Y 2017 as they quickly became MercedesAMG’s 1st real threat of the hybrid era.
“We learned a lot over the past 6 months, trying to move forward and that’s the most important thing,” he said.
“From back in August of last year, when we overhauled the organisation, I totally believed that these guys, with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal and Mattia Binotto heading up the technical side, would be capable of doing something amazing.
The end-of-season decline led to some changes behind the scenes at Ferrari, mostly to improve engine reliability, and Mr. Marchionne is convinced The Scuderia can step up in Y 2018.
“The important thing is to start 2018 with all this expertise and experience and to manage this organisation,” he said. “I have no doubt that we will be competitive.”
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