Marciello: Personal rift with Arrivabene caused Ferrari exit

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Raffaele Marciello has blamed Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene for his exit from the Italian marque’s young driver academy.

Marciello enjoyed Ferrari backing for much of his junior career, and was supported en route to his emphatic victory in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

The Italian youngster stepped up to GP2 the following year with high hopes, but struggled to make much of an impact in his first two seasons, claiming just a single victory at Spa in 2014.

Marciello left the Ferrari Driver Academy at the end of 2015 but will remain in GP2 for 2016 with Russian Time.

Speaking to Italian publication Autosprint, Marciello pointed the finger at Arrivabene for his exit from Ferrari and claimed that the team boss thought he wasn’t good enough for F1.

“I never had a good relationship with Maurizio Arrivabene,” Marciello said. “He did not think I was good enough for F1, so it ended. But you can’t please everyone.”

The Italian elaborated in a further interview with motorsport.com, saying: “He decided that I was not the right person to be in Ferrari.

“I think he just didn’t like me. It’s normal, you can like and not like some people. So he didn’t want to let me be in Ferrari. And he pushed me out.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.