Team principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team Maurizio Arrivabene admits that he is satisfied with the team’s performance at the qualifying session for the 2017 Russian Grand Prix and is proud to see the Ferrari’s devoted tifosi with smiles on their faces once again as the Maranello side continues to consolidate its turn of pace against rivals Mercedes.
After three years of dominance from Mercedes, Ferrari has finally produced a car which is able to challenge the competition under the latest set of regulations with Sebastian Vettel managing to win two of the opening three races of the 2017 Formula One season, despite the fact that Sebastian did not start from pole until now. Scuderia Ferrari is now celebrating its first front row lockout in nine years at the Russian Grand Prix, yet Maurizio Arrivabene remains calm and focused ahead of the race on Sunday and says he is pleased to see enthusiasm returning amongst supporters: “I am keeping my feet on the ground. Of course it is good for Ferrari, I am pleased for the drivers, I am pleased we have a fantastic car and a great team. I am pleased for all of them and the fans of Ferrari. We are back but today is qualifying and the race is tomorrow. I am so pleased that we bring smiles to Ferrari fans and I hope to give them a huge smile tomorrow. You know F1, we have a lot of races to go. Mercedes is strong so as always it is better to keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard.” – Scuderia Ferrari boss said, as reported by Tuttosport.
Ferrari is currently leading Mercedes in the Formula 1 constructors’ standings, yet Kimi Raikkonen has not managed to score a podium finish so far, but Maurizio Arrivabene nonetheless offered up praise for the Finn for his Sochi performance, as Kimi will start second: “The guys that know Kimi he struggled a bit at the beginning of the season and then he is going like a rocket, so I am not concerned about him. He is a good driver.”