Arrivabene Hopeful Despite Ferrari Failures
Arrivabene attends media conference after Austrian Pre-Season Practice
While attending a “rare” media conference, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene appeared upbeat despite Ferrari’s poor performance during the first pre-season race at the Red Bull Ring, Austria. Ferrari drivers Tom Wright and Craig Pinchbeck put in a strong Qualifying performance in Austria, locking out the second row behind Renault driver aaronjspence2017, a driver hotly-tipped for the Driver’s crown; and Force India driver gordow3497. Although qualifying 0.318s (Tom Wright US) and 0.452s (Craig Pinchbeck SS) Ferrari were expecting a strong showing in the race.
Ferrari’s expectations suffered a major set-back. Tom Wright, despite starting strong off the line, was spun from behind on the exit of Turn 1 by Mercedes driver notoriousL_I_P and then later suffered terminal damage after receiving contact from Williams Racing driver PAUL0_PABL06. Sky Sports F1 spoke with Tom Wright as he made his way back to the garage, “I felt that we’ve lost a crucial night of testing and data collection. I feel that I’m now one race behind everyone else”.
Tom Wright tried to salvage his race after a Turn 1 incident with notoriousL_I_P
Ferrari driver Craig Pinchbeck, despite fighting for 2nd at the closing stages of the Austrian Grand Prix, experienced similar difficulties after making contact with McLaren driver f1richard67 at Turn 1. Craig was understandably disappointed as he hoped to set an early marker as he begins his F3 Championship claim. After suffering front wing damage, Craig was unable to hold onto a Podium finish and finally crossed the finishing line to take 7th.
Craig Pinchbeck enjoying a wheel-to-wheel battle with notoriousL_I_P in Austria
With both Ferrari drivers experience disappointment, many wonder why Ferrari team principle Maurizio Arrivabene remains positive and upbeat. When asked what her thoughts were after the pre-season race Arrivabene had this to say, “we have two very experienced and talented drivers here at Ferrari. They have both been through hardship before and have enough resilience to bounce back for Azerbaijan. Both Tom and Craig know what is expected of them at Ferrari and I’m certain that when we travel to Melbourne for Round One, they will be ready. We managed to collect enough data to know where the car and drivers are in comparison to our rivals. It’s going to make for a spectacular season, that’s for sure”.
Although speaking briefly with the media in the Red Bull Ring Paddock, both Tom and Craig have remained quiet, but rumours suggest that they are focusing on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and are looking to further test themselves at the Baku City Circuit.