Arrivabene: Alonso not to blame for Ferrari’s 2014 woes

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene does not believe that Fernando Alonso was to blame for the internal issues that blighted the Italian marque’s 2014 campaign.

Last year saw Ferrari endure its worst season in over 20 years as neither Alonso nor teammate Kimi Raikkonen managed to win a race.

Across the course of 2014, a gradual revolution took place at Maranello as the old regime was ushered out.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, team principals Stefano Domenicali and Marco Mattiacci and a number of other top personnel lost their jobs across the course of the year, with Alonso leaving in December to join McLaren.

Ferrari is now under the presidency of Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, with Maurizio Arrivabene taking up the role of team principal as he hopes to lead the team into a new era.

However, he does not believe that Alonso was to blame for the internal divisions that warranted such drastic changes at Maranello.

“I don’t think it’s fair to point the finger at Fernando,” Arrivabene said. “It was the overall situation. When people are under pressure they are going to be divided. This creates a kind of mess in the team.

“Accusing Fernando is not my intention. I have a lot of respect for Fernando. We have a good relationship. I’m not putting the finger on him.”

Despite wanting to leave, Alonso was Ferrari’s leading points scorer as Kimi Raikkonen embarked on the toughest season of his F1 career. The Finn finished 12th in the standings, but Arrivabene is not concerned about these problems continuing in 2015.

“Kimi had a simple problem: he was not feeling the car,” Arrivabene said. “It was not the right car for Kimi. It was not the right car for Fernando either, actually. Kimi suffered a bit more than Fernando, but now he’s feeling the car better.

“He said to us that the [2015] car is an improvement. Kimi is very motivated and is getting on very well with Seb. I think this is great. But it was the overall situation that was a big mess.”

Ahead of winter testing, Arrivabene set Ferrari the target of winning two races in 2015. Despite the team finishing inside the top two on every single day of pre-season so far, the team principal is unwilling to revise his goals.

“I’m not so crazy to change the objective now,” Arrivabene said. “The objective stays the same. Ferrari wants to win two races, that’s more than fine. Three would be perfect. For four races I will run without shoes for 100km up the hill to Maranello!

“The objective is still the same. The drivers are looking to win every race of course. This is their job and what they are paid for. I want to keep our feet on the ground and be realistic. This is still our objective. We will see during the season.”

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.