Arrivabene and Vettel give thanks to the Ferrari team back at Maranello


Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and team principal Maurizio Arrivabene have paid tribute to the staff and workers at Maranello upon returning to the factory in Italy following their sensational victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend.

In just his second grand prix start for Ferrari, Vettel stormed to a shock victory ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg by managing his tires better to save a pit stop.

With both Vettel and Ferrari enduring miserable 2014 campaigns, the result marked the return of both the driver and the team to the front of the F1 field after long durations without a victory.

Vettel addressed the Ferrari team in Italian back at Maranello on Wednesday, and made no secret of his delight.

“It was a very emotional moment,” Vettel said. “I have won many races, but the first one with Ferrari is very, very special.

“On Sunday night I wanted to celebrate with the mechanics and I said to them, ‘thanks a lot, but I want to be one of you – no more, no less.

“I am part of the team and, even if out on track, I’m alone, I know that really I never am, because I am always with you.

“I want to thank you for giving me a nice car and I think, in fact I know, that we will experience many more great moments together.”

The comparisons drawn between Vettel and F1 legend Michael Schumacher have been frequent over the past few months. Growing up, Vettel aspired to follow in the footsteps of his hero, and Arrivabene recognized the enormity of his victory in Malaysia.

“I think that, the ‘forza Ferrari!’ from Seb over the radio immediately after taking the checkered flag, was not just for the achievement of a childhood dream,” Arrivabene said, “but also for memories of the moments spent with another great champion who won so much for Ferrari, namely Michael and above all there was the joy of being there with all of you.

“You have been here for such a long time and you deserve it.”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”