Ferrari’s Maurizio Arrivabene: “Our drivers did an outstanding race”


Sebastian Vettel - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene admitted dissatisfaction with the lack of a podium finish at the Hungaroring on Sunday despite two strong drives from Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel was pressurising Daniel Ricciardo for the final step of the podium in the closing stages of the race, while Kimi Raikkonen was equally keeping Max Verstappen on his toes as the pair battled for fifth.

Arrivabene praised both drivers for their reaction after a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, and insisted that the team are still pushing to take the fight to Red Bull Racing and Mercedes in the championship.

“Today we saw a great reaction from the whole team,” said Arrivabene. “Once again, we were able to show that we never give up.

“Our drivers did an outstanding race really giving their best and, if Seb could have benefited from a better starting position, the final result would surely have been different. As for Kimi, he showed that he fully deserved his contract to be extended into next year.

“Having said that, when you don’t reach the podium you can’t be satisfied, and indeed we aren’t: but this does not mean that we are not ready to take the fight to the end.”