Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne is hopeful that the Italian marque’s Formula 1 team can return to winning ways at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix after an unlucky start to the new season.
Reliability issues have marred the first four races of the 2016 campaign for Ferrari, causing lead driver Sebastian Vettel not to finish twice and denying Kimi Raikkonen a possible podium in Australia.
Ferrari entered 2016 looking to challenge Mercedes for both championships, but after just four races its hopes appear to be in tatters.
Speaking at the launch of the new Alfa Romeo road car, Marchionne expressed his expectancy that Ferrari begins to win races again soon after a tough spell.
“I am confident,” Marchionne said. “Sunday will be an important day. So far, much of it was down to bad luck, but the season has just begun.
“I expect us to win shortly, starting with Spain.
“I’m very satisfied with both Vettel and Raikkonen. The only thing that hasn’t worked well is luck.”
Marchionne also spoke about rumors linking Alfa Romeo with an entry to F1, having said back in December that he would like to bring the name back to grand prix racing.
“It will depend on the success of the Giulia. To finance the races you have to sell the cars. Today is only the beginning of a long road,” Marchionne said.
“Our participation will be limited to F1. We are not, however, available to run only as engine suppliers, but we would focus on a complete package like Ferrari.
“Red Bull was interested in Alfa Romeo last year, but they needed only an engine and that didn’t make sense for us. We are not Honda.”