F1: Ferrari’s Maurizio Arrivabene’s Strategy to Beat MercedesAMG
Work harder, beat MercedesAMG is the Mission of the iconic Italian constructors’ Chief Maurizio Arrivabene, who’s admitted his admiration for their F1 rivals.
Ferrari battled it out for the World Drivers’ Championship this past F1 season with Sebastian Vettel leading their charge.
They dropped off during the 2-H of the Y 2017 campaign though, with Mr. Vettel winning just 2 of the final 10 races.
MercedesAMG driver Lewis Hamilton ended up securing his 4th F1 title at Ferrari’s expense.
Mr. Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas’ performances guided the Brackley, UK-based outfit to the Constructors’ Championship as well.
Mr. Arrivabene has now opened up on what Ferrari’s Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen must do to end MercedesAMG’ F1 dominance.
“For Mercedes, 1st place is not an event but a habit,” he said. “That’s how it has to be for us in the future.
“We are on an uptrend, but the fact remains that we were not good enough to win the championship.
“If you do not respect a team that has won 4 consecutive world titles, who will you respect? For me, their great strength lies in the organisation.
“Perhaps it is also the winning habit that makes the difference. Sometimes you get a Pole position and it is a big deal.
“But to be in front, whether it’s in qualifying or in the race, it should be the natural result of our work.”
Chief Arrivabene alluded to Ferrari’s problems during 2-H of the season.
“I see the season like a glass of water,” he added. “By the middle of the season, the glass was half full.
“But then we used the remaining water to dissolve the headache tablets at the end of the season.
“We worked well and never gave up, which is the positive aspect for me. But things did not go in our favor. Mercedes deserved to win.
“We have to work harder. We know what we need to do in the future.”
Have a terrific weekend.
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