Sebastian Vettel has dispelled suggestions of a power struggle at the helm of Ferrari, instead he issued a rallying cry to the staff of the legendary team declaring that they are united and that in 2019 he will again give heart and soul for the cause.
Ferrari had a torrid season, on track they suffered yet another defeat to Mercedes for reasons well reported, while off-track they were forced to deal with the sudden death of Sergio Marchionne and the power struggle that emerged between team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and technical chief Mattia Bonotto.
Ahead of Christmas, Vettel wrote a letter in Italian to his team which starts: “Cari ragazzi, un grande GRAZIE per tutti quanto Voi!” (Dear guys, a big THANK YOU to all of you!)
“Even if we have not managed to bring the title back to Maranello, we can say it strongly: we have done our best and we must continue to do so! Roll up our sleeves, we try to communicate better between us, with trust and mutual respect, helping us in everything and for everything.”
“Only by continuing to work together as a strong and united team can we make the next step! For commitment and enthusiasm we are a fantastic team! And I promise you that for 2019 I will give all I can to achieve our great goal! I wish you all the best. Thanks a lot. Sebastian.”
It’s been a busy month in the corridors of power at Maranello, with newly installed Ferrari president John Elkann reportedly sorting out the spat between Arrivabene and Binotto.
Vettel’s Christmas message to his team suggests that there is peace among the top brass…