Arrivabene: Congratulations to Mercedes

Ferrari departed Interlagos on Sunday evening disappointed that they failed to challenge for victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, team chief Maurizio Arrivabene pointed to early issues with Sebastian Vettel’s car while congratulating Mercedes for clinching the constructors’ title.

Speaking after a tense race in which the Reds had no say on the outcome, Arrivabene said, “Unfortunately, even though Kimi finished on the podium, we were unable to reach our goal, which was to keep the battle going for the Constructors’ title.”

“Right from the formation lap, we became aware of a problem with a sensor on Seb’s car. This meant that, for the whole race, he had to run different settings to those we would have normally used and that made the car difficult to drive. Congratulations to Mercedes on taking the teams’ title,” added the Italian team chief.

Vettel did not complain about the technical issues, when he reviewed his race, “Obviously, this was not an easy race and I am not happy with sixth place. I tried to do my best, but the car was difficult to drive and I even struggled to drive on the straights.”

“However, I am happy that Kimi got to the podium, because it is a good result for us, even if we didn’t win the Constructors’ Championship. There’s not much to say as this year Mercedes has been stronger than us and we can only congratulate them.”