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Ferrari to 'challenge the impossible' during final four races

  • Published on 10 Oct 2018 16:21
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has vowed that his team will "challenge the impossible" during the remaining races of the season. Just four races are left in which Ferrari can overhaul Mercedes' continuation of consecutive titles which stretches back to 2014 charge.

Things look bleak for the Italian squad who have dropped away from the Silver Arrows following the summer break. Sebastian Vettel took victory in Belgium but he is since to take a win after a series of on-track mishaps which cost him points.

Vettel's rival Lewis Hamilton has claimed victory at the four races following Belgium, extending his buffer in the championship to 67 points. Mercedes has also pulled away from Ferrari in the constructor's table, currently leading by 78 points.

But while things currently look sour for Ferrari, Arrivabene says that it will never give in: "It's easy to be pragmatic," Arrivabene told Sky Sports after the Suzuka weekend. "Saturday we had a problem that everyone knows about but as I said many times I was a bit disappointed but we win and we lose together.

"I have to say concerning the race, the teams and the drivers reacted very well. We have circumstances during the races that impede us to achieve the podium. I think at least the podium was in our hands and the car, even if it was damaged, both of the cars, it was going quite well.

"Now concerning the future races, I know the situation looks impossible but our job sometimes is to challenge the impossible and this is what we are going to do, we try to do for the future four races," Arrivabene added.

Hamilton could wrap up the title in just under two weeks' time at the US Grand Prix. Should Hamilton take victory, as he has done five times before at COTA, he will become a five-time world champion should any driver except Vettel follow him home in second place.

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  • Very good PR talk.

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    • Oct 10 2018 - 16:56
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    Yeah agree - he needs to lead now like never before - the team know they cocked this up big time and it must be incredibly embarrassing and frustrating for all concerned - the minimum they need now is two wins from the next four to retain some respectability. Good luck to them.

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    • Oct 10 2018 - 18:59
  • f1dave

    Posts: 707

    Meaning new drivers?

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 01:05
    • I'm sure they could still entice Alonso to come back ;)
      But seriously, does anyone think that Ferrari would have been in this predicament with 4 races to go with another top driver? I can see why Ferrari passed on Fernando, by Ricciardo?

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      • Oct 11 2018 - 17:43
  • kngrthr

    Posts: 203

    there is a saying in Australian Rules Football that says play every game like the Grand Final except the Grand Final which you play like every other game.

    transposed to F1 , Ferrari should be going flat out in these last four races regardless.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 03:46
  • Norbert

    Posts: 93

    The clearest strategy is to crash out Hamilton. Raikkonen, Leclerc, or Ericsson softly asked, "Would you be willing to sacrifice your race for the team?" Of course, the best conspiracies are silent where a player doesn’t need to be asked. Yikes! This is a joke. I would need a tinfoil hat to believe this could happen.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 04:35
    • Hepp

      Posts: 199

      You are in luck ... I believe Calle still has some for sale.

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      • Oct 11 2018 - 12:36
    • Norbert

      Posts: 93

      Ha! I pay good for nice tinfoil! Mine has a tear and it's letting in pesky thoughts.

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      • Oct 11 2018 - 18:30
    • Oh I have one or two in stock. They are high quality to boot! ;)

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      • Oct 12 2018 - 05:45
  • Ferrari hasn't really deserved the win the way that they have performed. If they perform well they can win, if not, they'll get what they deserve.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 17:03
  • f1ski

    Posts: 542

    Have the Fia put the same second sensor on the MB as the Ferrari.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 21:00

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