Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called on critics and the media to leave the team to work in peace after constant speculation surrounding managerial changes at Maranello and the decline in form on track.
Before the 2016 season started, Scuderia Ferrari were favourites to mount a challenge against Mercedes. After 11 races, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are yet to win, and spend most races on the brink of a podium finish. It definitely hasn’t gone to plan, but the elusive 2016 victory may still come.
Arrivabene can’t be too happy with Red Bulls Christian Horner adding fuel to the fire with comments linking Vettel with a move away. Surely he should focus on his own team, who are yet to look like consistent challengers to the Silver Arrows themselves.
Arrivabene believes that the smoke and mirrors of his teams critics are denying them a clear focus on the task ahead.
“Seb never said that he didn’t like the atmosphere at Ferrari, he confirmed it many, many times that he’s comfortable. Two months ago everyone was asking continued questions about Kimi and his contract. After Kimi, it was my turn, it’s every day, every week and for the next few months because Allison was taking my job, if I’m not wrong!
Then we confirmed Kimi and now they are talking about Vettel and that he is leaving. Most probably I’m going to take his job and then he’s coming back to take mine! So let us work in peace, please.”
– Maurizio Arrivabene