F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Team Boss says, “Not ready to give up Championship battle despite the odds”
Ferrari’s F1 team boss, Maurizio Arrivabene says that his team must “challenge the impossible” if it is to catch MercedesAMG in the Y 2018 standings.
Looking at the championship standings, it’s very easy to surmise that MercedesAMG and Lewis Hamilton have got the titles bagged, but Mr. Arrivabene is not giving up on glory yet, even after a disappointing Japanese Grand Prix that saw Kimi Räikkönen finish 5th and Sebastian Vettel 6th.
The results gave MercedesAMG with a 78-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship and with MercedesAMGs’ Lewis Hamilton a 67-point lead over Mr. Vettel in the drivers’ championship.
“It’s easy to be pragmatic,” said Mr. Arrivabene. “I mean, yesterday we had the problem that everybody knows. As I have said many times, I was a bit disappointed yesterday, but having said so, we win and we lose together and I’m the final one responsible.”
Playing a big part in the races of the Ferrari drivers was Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, having shunted and spinning Mr. Vettel, and running wide at the final chicane in the early laps, Mr. Verstappen was slapped with a 5-sec penalty for returning to the track in an unsafe manner. His return to the track had put him into the side of Mr. Räikkönen’s car, but the next incident saw him become the victim.
Knowing Mr. Verstappen was carrying a penalty, Mr. Vettel still decided to go for an ambitious run on him into the high-speed Spoon corner. The gap was never really there and contact was made which saw Mr. Vettel spin and drop to the back of the pack while Mr. Verstappen continued on to an eventual podium finish at 3rd.
“But I have to say that concerning today, the team and the drivers, they react very well. We had circumstances during the race that they impede us to achieve the podium. I think at least a podium was in our hands today and the car was going quite well.
“Now, concerning the future races, I know that the situation looks impossible, but our job sometimes is to challenge the impossible and this is what we going to do and we try to do for the future 4 races.”
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