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Vettel 'more of a Ferrarista' than Alonso - Marchionne

  • Published on 15 Dec 2015 16:24
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

In assessing Sebastian Vettel's first year at Ferrari, president Sergio Marchionne aimed a pointed barb at Fernando Alonso. Vettel replaced the McLaren-Honda bound Alonso at the fabled Maranello team this year, and Marchionne sounds more than happy with the move.

"Vettel is fantastic. Last Saturday here in Maranello he made a speech in front of our 1200 people, completely in Italian. It was unbelievable. In only one year, I can say he became more of a Ferrarista than Alonso did in five years," Marchionne charged.

The Italian-Canadian also said Ferrari is happy with Kimi Raikkonen, even though the team considered not renewing his contract for 2016. "I saw a huge change in Kimi during the season," Marchionne said. "Now and then he shows me photos of his baby -- I think he is becoming a lot more settled, which I think will be helpful in 2016. I think he will be the most engaged we have seen him for the last little while. I am delighted he is part of the team," he added. (GMM)

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