Ferrari Formula 1 chief Maurizio Arrivabene is refusing to give up on either the drivers’ or constructors’ championships in 2016 despite the Italian marque’s poor start to the season.
Ferrari entered 2016 hoping to challenge Mercedes for both titles and end its recent run of dominance, only to score just 76 points in the first four races – less than half the total of its rival – and suffer a number of issues on its car.
Nico Rosberg has won all four of the opening races and enjoys a 43-point advantage over the field, with leading Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen sitting a further 14 points behind.
However, Arrivabene is refusing to give up on the titles, believing that anything is possible with 17 races still to run.
“If I have to define the championship, we love the fight,” Arrivabene told the official F1 website. “We are looking for big challenges! What has happened is part of the DNA of racing.
“I don’t think things can be explained as bad luck. There are mostly human mistakes behind the story. I prefer to have these kind of problems now instead later in the season.
“But of course we need to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Concerning the championship: we are not giving up! The team won’t give up and we will put all our energy from now on into the next 17 races!
“There are still 425 points to be taken. So by only winning the next five races everything is wide open again.
“Nothing is lost and we’re not giving up!”
Arrivabene is confident that the recent updates made to the Ferrari power unit will give the team a boost heading into the European leg of the season, starting next weekend in Spain.
“I trust that our performance is much better than what we’ve shown until now,” Arrivabene said.
“The characteristics of the tracks that are coming now, and because of the tokens that we’ve spent, will help us.
“Of course the others are not sleeping or waiting for us, so we have to fight.”