Arrivabene playing down Ferrari chances in Bahrain

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Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has played down talk of Ferrari’s chances of dominating this weekend in Bahrain, even though rivals Mercedes are hyping up the red team’s game.

“It is true that our car has improved a lot,” said the Italian. “But I suspect when I hear Toto and Niki saying ‘Ferrari will surely win in Bahrain’, it is because they can then say either ‘We told you’ or ‘We were very strong’.”

“So I prefer to stop with these predictions,” Arrivabene added.

He admitted, however, that the pressure being put on Ferrari to perform in 2016 by president Sergio Marchionne is very high.

“I do not see anything strange (about that),” said Arrivabene. “I would be more worried if we had a president who is happy with second and third place.”