“Seb is happy, if he likes the car he can stay with us as long as he wants to.” – CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and CEO of Ferrari, Sergio Marchionne, comments on the future of Sebastian Vettel, whose current contract with the Scuderia is available only until the end of the 2017 Formula One season. The Italian-Canadian executive was present in Maranello for the inauguration of new sections of the Ferrari Museum and was asked to comment on whether or not the German driver intends to continue with Ferrari: “With Sebastian we have discussed the situation last year, when he was very nervous and frustrated because the car was not at its best. Now we just have to give him a competitive car and the decision belongs to him.”
Sergio Marchionne then commented on the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, the next race of the F1 calendar, which is scheduled to take place this weekend in Monte Carlo, after a positive Thursday for the Italian team, with Sebastian Vettel who topped the second practice session ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) and his Finnish team-mate Kimi Raikkonen: “I expect us to fight for victory and win, but we should wait for the race. It is a difficult circuit, but we have a good car and the first impressions seem to be positive, so let’s see. The most important thing is that we are back!” – Ferrari boss added.
Asked whether he expected such a positive start to the 2017 Formula 1 season, Sergio Marchionne replied: “This is what we had hoped for. The team can finally rely on guys who are guided in the right direction, everybody is working well, the drivers are top class, so there is every reason to be confident for the future.” – the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari concluded.