Arrivabene sets sights on F1 championship for Ferrari in 2016

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Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has set the Italian marque the target of winning both Formula 1 championships in 2016 following the launch of its new car, the SF16-H.

Ferrari unveiled its 2016 challenger on Friday featuring a revise nose design and a repackaged rear of the car, as well as a retro livery harking back to the white airbox design used in the 1970s and 1980s.

After making significant progress across the course of 2015 and winning three grands prix, Arrivabene has now set Ferrari the target of battling for both titles in 2016 with the new car.

“Normally I don’t set the objective, it is my boss. Last year it was three victories and we got it,” Arrivabene said.

“This year we need to push a bit more, so it is going to be the championship – at least we would like to fight until the end. It won’t be easy, our competitors won’t be sleeping, but for sure we are all committed to do our best.

“We don’t go to the races with a big statement, but we do with a big commitment. Humility is our driver, our passion, our commitment.”

Technical director James Allison hopes that Ferrari has made enough progress in all areas to challenge pace-setters Mercedes in 2016, saying that no stone has been left unturned in the bid to improve on last year’s SF15-T.

“Back in 2013 we were not at the right level – not enough power, downforce, kinematics. We have worked very hard on all those areas,” Allison said.

“Last year was a decent step forward, and we hope this car gives us another good step forward and makes us truly competitive. It isn’t down to one area: we have improved across the board. All our hopes are in this car.”