Scuderia Ferrari concluded the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel’s second place and Kimi Raikkonen’s fifth place finish, which means that for the moment the Maranello team lost the lead in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings, but team principal Maurizio Arrivabene can be pleased with the fact that the second race of the season is further proof that Ferrari has the ability to challenge rivals Mercedes during the 2017 championship.
“We are finally able to fight with the Mercedes. This is the good news. We had bad luck with the Safety Car, but in a race like this, sometimes you are lucky sometimes you are not.” – Maurizio Arrivabene said, as reported by Sky Sports F1 – “This is the beauty of the Formula 1 championship this year. I’m sure that if we find ourselves in the situation of fighting for the championship – now is too early to talk about that – then we will take our decision.” – Ferrari team principal said, when asked about the about team orders, as Sebastian Vettel seems to match Lewis Hamilton, while Kimi Raikkonen has not had the ideal start of the Formula One season – “Every race is its own story, but it’s going to be fun in Bahrain. We’ll see!” – Maurizio Arrivabene concluded, ahead of the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix, which will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit next weekend.
Kimi Raikkonen is now fifth in the drivers’ championship, with almost half the points scored by his German teammate Sebastian Vettel, but Maurizio Arrivabene is confident that the Finnish driver can improve and fight for wins and podium finishes in order to help Scuderia Ferrari in the challenge for the title: “Kimi at the beginning of the season is always like this if you remember. We are only in the early stage of the championship and the drivers know very well the rules of engagement.” – Ferrari team principal added, as indicated by Sky Sports F1.