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Two former F1 luminaries have put the brakes on Ferrari’s optimism after Sebastian Vettel won in Brazil.

Although the Maranello marque lost the 2017 title, Vettel was at least able to beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag at the weekend.

“Brazil was a great day for us,” Vettel told Italian radio Rai.

“Now I hope we can look good in Abu Dhabi and then win the world title next year.”

But two F1 figures are warning that, despite Vettel’s Interlagos win, Mercedes remains a major hurdle for Ferrari in 2018.

“I am delighted with Ferrari’s victory,” said former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who when he left office clashed spectacularly with his successor Sergio Marchionne.

“Unlike finance and economics, sport is not an exact science,” he told Radio Capital. “It is easy to talk but much more difficult to win.

“Ferrari had a good season, but unfortunately did not win the title. And I think that in Brazil Hamilton would have won if he had started from pole,” Montezemolo added.

Fellow Italian Flavio Briatore agrees: “We are all happy with Ferrari’s victory, but we must not forget that the protagonist (Hamilton) was out. And we all saw his comeback.”


  • iman50

    Facts are always a probem for the anti-Hamilton brigade LOL !!!

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    I can’t remember how many times this year someone said that Ferrari was back! And then the next race Mercedes came back again. Then a few races later someone said that Ferrari was back! It’s a broken record and I’m tired of it.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    More facts. Nice.

  • Rocky Litheko

    Lewis’ tyres were gone by the time he caught up Kimi. Had they held up until race-end, he could have caught Vettel and passed. A fluke win doesn’t mean Ferrari are suddenly on the rise. End of story

  • Skid Solo

    One swallow doesn’t make a summer. Ferrari still have some way to go before they are at Mercs level, where they can fight toe-to-toe with Hamilton and win. Bottas is no yard stick for Ferrari, but Hamilton is.

  • McSerb

    Obviously you follow Formula 1 but don`t know much about it. They did put in a new engine but that is worth one tenth per lap at most. Aero updates ? How would they make aero updates for the car from Saturday to Sunday ? Mercedes took the car out of parc ferme (which is why they had to start from the pit lane) simply to change the set-up of the car because it is different if you are leading the race and driving in clean air or you have to follow and overtake almost everybody. Mercedes does have trouble following other cars which is one of the stregths of the Ferrari car.

  • MiaScusi

    That is your preferred tr0ll technique.

  • MiaScusi

    Just, another biased view by a known Vettel hater. So, it has no substance.

  • MiaScusi

    Your tr0lling, again.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Never bring a fact to a troll fight.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Lewis started last and caught Kimi by the end of the race. And he was just 5 seconds behind Vettel. So yeah, that Ferrari didn’t get better. Or Vettel is a terrible driver compared to Lewis. So which one is it?

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Nothing funnier than an empty insult with no supporting facts.

  • dinoart

    Luis had new engine. Didn’t need to save anything. And still was not able to even attack Kimi. End of the story.

  • bunch of funk

    Stop drinking the cool aid Leonardo!!!! Bloody hell, if you actually knew what you are talking about, you might be dangerous. Stick to pasta affairs, less danger for you. Muppet

  • bunch of funk

    haters are gonna hate huh senor bob?

  • Helmut Kern

    what everybody forgets is that the car of Hamilton was updated after the accident with a new engine as well as aero updates and who knows what else. HMK

  • bobmendon

    So what you are saying is that their comments agree with yours. You state that “it is a “fact” that the car hasn’t gotton better ” yet you don’t support your fact with anything more credible than your opinion. Who are you anyway? Are you a Ferrari employee?

  • jcomp

    I think he was referring to Hamilton’s error in qualy. And much the same can be said about you Hamilton fans.
    Fact is Hamilton had a lot of help from the incident at the start of the race…. 3 cars out, safety car and 2 cars pitted. Wasn’t that far behind the leaders when safety car came in.

  • McSerb

    I also thought Vettel was just maintaining the gap to Bottas but Seb said he was pushing throughout the race, especially in the first stint when Bottas almost overtook him with the undercut. Ferrari had a 0.6 seconds shorter pitstop and that made all the difference. Seb barely saved track position (and the race win).

  • iman50

    What garbage. Hamilton made no error during the race; only in qualifying. His tires were finished by the time he got to Kimi. FACT. Stop with the revisionist bull crap. You Vettel nutburgers make me sick !!!

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    There has been a lot of talk about how the Ferrari is now a better car suddenly after the last race. But that is not true. Vettel only won because Lewis made a mistake in qualifying. Therefore the comments of Briatore and Montezemolo are perfectly valid because they are talking about the fact that the car hasn’t gotten better. It was just the fact that Lewis made a mistake in qualifying.

  • Richard Piers

    2 rather discredited opinions, especially Briatore. The fact is that Vettel drove a very controlled race and won, Hamilton made an ingenue’s error and came 4th. Any further hypothesis is invalid and a waste of time.

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