Ferrari’s Maurizio Arrivabene: “Both our drivers performed like champions”

Maurizio Arrivabene was full of praise for his drivers in Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Maurizio Arrivabene insisted both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen drove like champions during the Monaco Grand Prix as the duo finished first and second on Sunday.

Vettel claimed Scuderia Ferrari’s first victory in the principality since 2001, with Raikkonen matching his best result since he returned to the team, and Team Principal Arrivabene was delighted to take the maximum amount of points away from the track.

“Today’s one-two is a great result for the entire team, on a track that highlights the qualities of the car and the person driving it,” said Arrivabene. “Both our drivers performed like champions.

“Starting from pole, Kimi led the race up until his pit stop, which took place on the planned lap. Seb stayed out for a few more laps to cover Ricciardo.

“Vettel’s times were exceptional on Ultrasofts that had done a lot of laps, which confirms the quality of the Pirelli product. As for Kimi, unfortunately he lost a bit too much time behind a backmarker.”

The result in Monaco was the result of a lot of hard work by everyone at the Maranello-based team, but Arrivabene’s focus is already turning to the Canadian Grand Prix in two week’s time.

“The most important aspect of today is that all the hard work carried out by the guys at the track was rewarded, as was the fact that our car was so well conceived back in Maranello,” said Arrivabene.

“Now, it’s already time for us to think of the forthcoming Grand Prix in Canada.”