Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene denied errors by the team and its drivers cost them a chance of winning this year’s championships.
Mercedes won the constructors’ championship at the last race in Brazil and Lewis Hamilton clinched the drivers’ title ahead of Sebastian Vettel the round before that. Speaking in today’s FIA press conference Arrivabene insisted it was “not correct” to blame mistakes for Ferrari’s defeats.
“We started the season in very good shape,” said Arrivabene. “And then as Sebastian said yesterday he made mistakes then from Monza we were not there with the car, this is a fact too if you are talking about facts.
“So I don’t want to point the finger on the team or on the driver. If we are losing we are losing together. If we are winning we are winning together. That’s it.”
Arrivabene said Ferrari need to score regular one-two finishes to be championship contenders.
“You need to win enough to win the championship, of course. Then it depends on the performance of the other teams.
“The idea to win is very simple. If you are doing one-two, doesn’t have to be an exceptional event, must be a habit. That way you change your mentality from a fighter to winner.”
Ferrari won six races to Mercedes’ 10 this year but. While Ferrari hasn’t had any one-twos, Mercedes has taken four this season.
Yesterday Vettel said the team needs a “stronger package” next year. ” We certainly have had our moments this year when we had strong races but we also had races which weren’t very strong, we weren’t quick enough.
“Overall it’s the speed that decides and I think more often than not I think we’re lacking a little bit of speed. I think we’re working very hard and I think the motivation is there to do that final step that is still outstanding.”
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