Ferrari team principal, Mauricio Arrivabene is still holding on to a slim title hope he says after a disastrous Singapore Grand Prix Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. After taking pole position on a track that the team were always targetting as a place to gain points on their title rivals, both Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel retired after a first lap incident whilst Lewis Hamilton went on to win the race.
The incident was a big blow for Vettel, dropping from 3 points behind Hamilton to 28 points behind him, a huge swing in what would have otherwise been expected putting Vettel firmly on the back foot for the rest of the season.
It wouldnt be unusual for Vettel to come back from this sort of margin however, having done it twice before in both 2010 and 2012, coming from huge deficits in terms of points in those seasons to claim the title, having been 31 points behind with six races to go in 2010 and 39 points behind with 7 races to go in 2012, giving optimism to the team and driver that he can go on a late season charge.
Arrivabene seemed optimistic on his chances, saying: "That was very disappointing and it was definitely not the result we were expecting, but it doesn't mean that the battle is all over, just that it has become more difficult.
"We are very disappointed for our fans, but we will be back. We proved that we have an excellent car and two great drivers. All of us, those in Singapore and those working back in Maranello, we all have the Prancing Horse stamped on our hearts. We guarantee that we will be fighting right to the final corner of the very last Grand Prix of the year."
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