Arrivabene: Ferrari 'reached the bottom' of potential

By on Monday, November 2, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says the outfit reached 'the bottom' of its potential after neither Sebastian Vettel nor Kimi Raikkonen finished the Mexican Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was eliminated in a collision with Valtteri Bottas while Vettel sustained a puncture at the start before crashing out at Turn 7 later in the race.

It marked the first time Ferrari had suffered a double retirement since 2006 but Arrivabene says the result does not change the team's approach.

"Over the course of this season we had already managed to touch the sky," Arrivabene said, referring to Ferrari's three victories.

"This time we reached the bottom. But the race was a lesson of humility that we must put to good use and that will further bind the team together and strengthen the character of everybody.

"I had already seen after qualifying how this team can react to difficulties, having had to replace both engine and gearbox in so little time.

"We are not blaming anybody: we are a team, we win and lose together. I regret the result as we had a really good pace in the race, but that’s racing, you can always have a bad day.

"This does not change our targets for the season, as Seb can still catch [Nico] Rosberg in the point standings and Kimi can do the same with Bottas."

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