Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene does not believe their political influence has waned in recent years.
The team’s lack of championship success in recent years and the rise of big-spending rivals such as Red Bull and Mercedes has prompted suggestions that F1’s oldest team is being increasingly eclipsed.
However Arrivabene, who became their team principal in November, does not agree with that view. “I don’t think Ferrari lost a kind of central role first of all,” said Arrivabene when asked in a press conference today.
“I would like to see how many people would be at the race without the Ferrari team competing and this is part of the political role.”
However he said it is in Ferrari’s interest to ensure it remains a major player in the sport.
“Before me and even now I think that our president, Sergio Marchionne, he was working very hard and he plays himself in the first line and with a lot of effort, not to regain the position, but at least to keep the position in terms of political weight that Ferrari deserves.”
“I am following him 100 per cent and I am learning also from him because his strategic view with his experience is very important for the team and for the company.”
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