After an incredible run at the first pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Ferrari Boss Sergio Marchionne believes they have much more to improvise ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season and puts defending champions Mercedes as his favorites for the season. Moreover, he has hinted that the team wants to go back to the dominating times of the Michael Schumacher era.
Ferrari’s driver Kimi Raikkonen came out fastest after eight days of pre-season testing at the Spanish circuit.
Raikkonen, whose 1:18.634 was 0.7s quicker teammate Sabastian Vettel on the last day of testing said Ferrari have made a step forward with their SF70-H and praised his team’s work.
Also, Ferrari was the closest match for Mercedes in terms of reliability and mileage.
Team Mercedes are on high alert of Ferrari’s improved form in 2017.
Lewis Hamilton who was the fourth fastest on the closing day said that it looks very positive for Ferrari, that’s for sure, and he doesn’t think that’s a bluff. Their pace on the week has been spectacular.
But 64-year-old Marchionne didn’t go gaga over Ferrari’s pres-season performance. But he has high hopes for the team this season.
Speaking to the news channels in Geneva, Marchionne reminded that it is now nine years that Ferrari has not won the F1 title, this season will be the tenth and it will end.
Marchionne said that the team had two goals for the Barcelona tests. Firstly, to be competitive with Red Bull Racing. And secondly, to have a reliable car. For him, Mercedes is still ahead.
However, Marchionne is impressed with the new machine- SF70-H and about the impact of new tyre and downforce regulations changes for 2017.
He said it will be interesting. The cars are so much faster and the drivers will really have to earn their money and Marchionne thinks they’ll be much sweatier when they will get out of their cars.