F1: Ferrari’s new team principal reflects on turnaround year
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has described the task the Italian team faced this year as climbing a mountain – and he acknowledges that there is still work to do.
Arrivabene was appointed as team principal at Maranello exactly a year ago after his predecessor’s departure was announced after the Abu Dhabi GP.
“I think at the end, Kimi was doing a very, very good race, what was expected from him,” he said of the final race. “And Sebastian was amazing. The season, it was in February, since the first test, we have some good feeling. But the mountain to climb was really big and the overall theme, not only the guys here, the drivers, the guys in Maranello, they accept this and they were climbing the mountain.
“When we get to the top we discovered that somebody else got there before us. But I am very happy and I want to take his occasion to thank all of them – the guys here and the guys in Maranello, our drivers, and that is it.
“When you are not winning the championship, you cannot say the mission is completed. But we had at the beginning of the year a mission that was quite tough, and I think I am a mountain guy in the end, and I was more than happy to go up there.”
This year Arrivabene set the team a target of three race wins, and clearly he’s aiming higher for next season.
“At the beginning of the year, like this year, you have to set a target and our targets of course, is to try to be in front of Mercedes, hoping that somebody else, they are not in front of them. This is the target. This is the objective. You try to do your best and sometimes you don’t achieve the target. But for sure with this team we will try with the usual humility with the feet on the ground to try all our best to achieve that objective.
“We need to work hard on all the components on the car. We need to do another step forward with the engine, we need to work with the chassis and also on aero. For us, the engine is very, very important and this year we have a big improvement, but the chassis guys and the aero guys were not sleeping, so if you want to have the perfect situation you have to work in every single detail, because the devil is in the detail,”