Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene cannot be happy with the outcome of the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix, as Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire immediately after the start, while German driver Sebastian Vettel missed out on the win in the final stages of the race at the Circuit de Catalunya. However, Ferrari boss highlights the positive aspects for the Maranello team:
“Shame for the end result, but we leave Spain knowing that we can count on a car that is solid and very quick. Seb’s race was very good from the start, and he was able to lead for many laps. In the last stint, despite being on Medium tyres, he held off Hamilton until he had to give way to his main rival, who could take the best of DRS and Soft compound. More time was lost behind Bottas and also because of the Virtual Safety Car, which ended just when we had to pit to cover Hamilton’s move. Kimi’s race did not last long, as he was rammed at the first corner. That’s racing and that’s how things go at times, now we must keep our concentration and humility, as we are aware that there is still a lot of work to do and so much to improve.” – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal explained, as reported by the Italian media.
The Maranello team has already turned its attention to the next race, which will take place in Monaco, where Ferrari hopes to get back to winning ways and make up ground to Mercedes in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings: “The championship is still a long way and we are already focusing on the next race at Monaco. It will be a totally different race, on a different type of track. We have to get everything ready in time and prepare for another exciting challenge.” – Maurizio Arrivabene concluded.