Mexico, a lesson in humility for Ferrari

Neither of Scuderia Ferrari's two SF15-Ts made it to Mexico, but Maurizio Arrivabene remains confident for the last two races of the year.

Published on 03/11/2015 à 16:29

Pierre Tassel

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Mexico, a lesson in humility for Ferrari

The double abandonment of Sebastian Vettel, left the track, and Kimi Räikkönen, implied in contact with his compatriot Valtteri Bottas (Williams), is a first for the Team Ferrari from Australia in 2006. A blank result which does not help the German's affairs in the fight for second place in the championship.

“The car was good in general, we were fast, the pace was promising and we were very close to Mercedes. I tried everything to come back." confesses the quadruple world champion, after his puncture in the first lap after contact with Daniel Ricciardo, then a first exit from the track without consequences. “Too much attack is probably the correct explanation for my mistake. » continues Vettel, who made a mistake at turn 7, before hitting the protective barriers.

A disaster scenario for Ferrari, but which allows the Italian team to keep its feet on the ground according to its Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene. “During this season, we had already managed to reach the summits. This time we reached the bottom. But Sunday's race was a lesson in humility which we must take advantage of and which will further unite the team.

I had already seen on Saturday how it can react to difficulties, replacing both the engine and the gearbox in such a short time. Today we don't blame anyone: we are a team, we lose and win together. This does not change our objectives: Sebastian can still catch Rosberg in the Drivers' standings and Kimi can do the same with Bottas."

Discover the report and analysis of the Mexican Grand Prix, produced by our special correspondents in Mexico City, in issue 2036 of AUTOhebdo, available now in digital version, and on newsstands tomorrow.

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