Marchionne, Arrivabene hail Ferrari’s 2015 season

Associated Press

Following the travails and disappointment of 2014, the changes at Maranello for Scuderia Ferrari bore respective fruit in 2015.

The team won three races, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel, and made a massive leap from fourth in the Constructor’s Championship (216 points) to second (428 points) this year.

At the team’s annual post-season event, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and new Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene took time to thank their staff for a much better season and reflect on what was achieved.

“2015 was a great season. The only regret might be that we could have done even better but for a handful of mistakes,” Marchionne said, via the official Scuderia Ferrari website.

Arrivabene, meanwhile, described his transition into his new role and the early goals for 2016.

“I learned to be a Ferrari man and what it means to work in this company,” he said. “Then, over the course of the season, my role was simply to unite the team, to ensure that everyone, in their various departments, spoke to one another.

“The new car? We are working on it and we are doing so with great professionalism, but above all with respect towards those who have already won,” he added of the team’s progress and design on its 2016 chassis.

Arrivabene said like himself, Vettel was also becoming a “Ferrari man” over the course of the year, while he said Kimi Raikkonen improved from the second half of the season on.

It didn’t appear to be a ringing endorsement for Raikkonen, but was positive enough to give hope that the Finn will improve in what is a one-year contract extension for 2016.