Connect with us

2018 F1

‘The real Vettel is back’ – Arrivabene

Published

on

  • 2
    Shares

“The real Vettel is back.”

That is the claim of Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, as the Italian team moves to put 2018 in the past and charge again for the world championship next year.

Sebastian Vettel remains Ferrari’s ‘number 1′ driver, but the German came under attack from the partisan Italian press this year for high profile errors.

Even after the Abu Dhabi finale, Corriere dello Sport said: “Vettel says goodbye to a disappointing championship — disappointing in his performance and his behaviour, as he is convinced he is not responsible for his defeat.”

Not just that, young charger Charles Leclerc has been signed up as his new teammate, replacing Vettel’s preferred pick, Kimi Raikkonen.

Leclerc got his 2019 season off to a start in the post-Abu Dhabi tyre test, with La Gazzetta dello Sport saying: “Leclerc debuts for Ferrari and is immediately fast.”

But team boss Arrivabene is still backing Vettel.

“In the last few races we have seen that the real Vettel is back,” he told Italy’s Sky.

“Every human being goes through ups and downs and it’s useless to point fingers at an individual,” said Arrivabene.

“We all expected more from ourselves in 2018. You win and lose together. We made progress, but in the end we lost.

“We take second and third in the drivers’ championship, but in formula one only the winner counts. But second and third is better than fourth or fifth,” he added.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F114 hours ago

Rumours denies zero Honda engine problems so far – Red Bull

2SharesDr Helmut Marko has added his denial to speculation Red Bull is struggling with excessive vibration from the 2019 Honda...

2019 F114 hours ago

Renault fast but ‘Red Bull faster’ – Hulkenberg

2SharesNico Hulkenberg says Renault has a fight on its hands to stay fourth in 2019. The German actually ended the...

2019 F114 hours ago

Ferrari opponents ‘bluffing’ – Leclerc

2SharesCharles Leclerc has played down Ferrari’s new status as the 2019 favourite by saying teams ‘bluff’ in winter testing. After...

2019 F11 day ago

Grosjean criticised change to the tyre rules for 2019 F1

2SharesHaas F1 speedy Romain Grosjean has criticised a change to the tyre rules for 2019. Pirelli says teams may no...

2019 F11 day ago

Alonso ‘could’ attend Barcelona second test – McLaren

2SharesMcLaren says Fernando Alonso will “maybe” be trackside at the Barcelona test next week. Earlier, there was speculation the now...

2019 F11 day ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 4 Full Results

2SharesNico Hulkenberg sets fastest lap of testing so far; Previously, Alex Albon was fastest for Toro Rosso; Valtteri Bottas follows...

2019 F12 days ago

F1 champs Rosberg, Button to be TV pundits in 2019 season

2SharesTwo former world champions will regularly be in the F1 paddock in 2019. Nico Rosberg has been signed up to...

2019 F12 days ago

Ferrari advantage ‘at least’ 5 tenths – Tost

2SharesMere days into 2019 winter testing, it appears that Ferrari has a clear advantage. With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc...

2019 F12 days ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 3 Full Results

2SharesDaniil Kvyat goes fastest for Toro Rosso ahead of morning pace setter Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Williams car finally...

2019 F12 days ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 3 First Half

2SharesKimi Raikkonen sets fastest time for Alfa Romeo Racing ahead of launch break in the third day of testing ;...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media