Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is inevitably delighted with the Maranello team’s performance in Melbourne, as Ferrari managed their first victory for over a year, but was tempered by the fact that only one of their cars reached the podium. Sebastian Vettel won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, while Kimi Raikkonen came home fourth in the other Scuderia Ferrari car, as the Finn was not pleased with the car in the first part of the Grand Prix, when the SF70H was using the Ultrasoft tyre.
Sky Sports interviewed Ferrari’s team principal after the race: “It is a good result that could have been a great one if we had managed to get Kimi on the podium too. Sebastian did a great job, as did the whole team in fact. It’s a shame that Kimi struggled in the early stages to get into the right rhythm. When we launched the SF70H we referred to it as ‘our Ferrari’ and indeed today’s win reflects all the effort and hard work put in over the past few months, both in Maranello and at the track” – Maurizio Arrivabene said, as reported by Sky Sports.
Despite the perfect start of the new Formula One season, Ferrari is being very careful not to sit back and relax, as the Italian team is fully aware of the continuous threat from rivals Mercedes. Maurizio Arrivabene says Scuderia Ferrari must continue to work hard and immediately focus on the next Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on April 9, in Shanghai: “This is only the first race of the championship: there are still 19 to go and we must maintain a high level of concentration at every Grand Prix, avoiding distractions and, already as from today, we are looking ahead to the next Grand Prix in China.” – Ferrari team principal concluded.