Ferrari team chief Sergio Marchionne has issued a thinly veiled warning to Sebastian Vettel, urging the four times Formula 1 World Champion to up his game by cutting down on the tantrums and focus on his driving.
Speaking to reporters during the end of the year media function at Maranello, Marchionne said, “With Vettel it doesn’t make sense to talk about renewal now, we must first understand if he feels comfortable with us in 2017.”
“We must give him a winning car, otherwise talking about the future is useless. He wants to win with us, we know that. Can we guarantee that for him?”
“In exchange, he must drive with composure, be more calm, less agitated. He must think about winning on the track and beat the other cars, not about getting into personal feuds.”
With Kimi Raikkonen reaching the end of his career and Vettel a work in progress within the team, the Ferrari big boss pointed out that the team are looking beyond 2017 for driver options.
“I admit we are looking around us for the future, by carefully analysing the others’ situations. That doesn’t mean we don’t have confidence in our drivers, but it’s fair to say they are under scrutiny,” admitted Marchionne
“I’m happy with Raikkonen’s season – he will race again in 2017, but what about after that? Does he want to retire or carry on?” questioned the Ferrari boss.
At the same function it was announced that Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi will be Ferrari’s Formula 1 reserve driver next season. Report here>>>