Two former Formula One luminaries have put the brakes on Scuderia Ferrari’s optimism despite the fact that German driver Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix, as Kimi Raikkonen also managed to finish on the podium in Brazil. Although the Maranello team lost the battle for the 2017 Formula One titles, Sebastian Vettel was at least able to beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag at the weekend, thus scoring Scuderia Ferrari’s fifth win of the 2017 Formula 1 championship:
“Brazil was a great day for us.” – Sebastian Vettel told Italian radio Rai – “Now I hope we can look good in Abu Dhabi and then win the world title next year.”
But two Formula One figures are warning that, despite Sebastian Vettel’s Interlagos win, Mercedes remains a major hurdle for Scuderia Ferrari ahead of the 2018 F1 season: “I am delighted with Ferrari’s victory,” said former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who when he left office clashed spectacularly with his successor Sergio Marchionne – “Unlike finance and economics, sport is not an exact science,” he told Radio Capital – “It is easy to talk but much more difficult to win. Ferrari had a good season, but unfortunately did not win the title. And I think that in Brazil Hamilton would have won if he had started from pole.” – Luca di Montezemolo explained, as reported by the Italian media earlier today.
Fellow Italian businessman Flavio Briatore agrees: “We are all happy with Ferrari’s victory, but we must not forget that the protagonist (Hamilton) was out. And we all saw his comeback.”