Celebrations for winning the 2017 Australian Grand Prix are long over and the Maranello team has already shifted its attention to the Chinese GP, which is scheduled to take place at the end of the week, and will be held at the Shanghai International Circuit, Jiading, in Shanghai.
The track is totally different from the Albert Park circuit, where Scuderia Ferrari proved to be very competitive, thus confirming the positive impressions from the testing period, but Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is very well aware of the fact that the team must keep working hard and constantly develop the SF70H car, as rivals Mercedes and Red Bull will most definitely improve during the season: “Australia was only the first race of the season, there are 19 more left and we have to be concentrated at every Grand Prix to be able to get the best result each time.” – Ferrari’s Managing Director explained, as reported by Tuttosport, the Italian sport newspaper published in Turin.
“Our car behaved very good, it was balanced and managed to fully exploit the tyres, that gave us the possibility to make an aggressive strategy for Sebastian. But Australia is already behind us, we are now focused on China, which is a different kind of circuit and requires a different preparation, so we have to make sure that every aspect of the car is ready for this new challenge.” – Maurizio Arrivabene added, ahead of the 2017 Chinese GP.
Before the 2017 Formula 1 championship started, Scuderia Ferrari team principal was asked to comment on the situation of Sebastian Vettel’s current contract with the Italian side, which runs to the end of this season: “Talking about contracts now is only distracting the attention of our drivers. I would like to see Sebastian happy during the season because if Sebastian is happy that means the car is very quick” – Maurizio Arrivabene concluded. At the end of the Australian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel was clearly a happy man, in the hope that the German driver, as well as Kimi Raikkonen, can both finish on the podium in the Chinese GP.