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Ferrari president admits 2014 has been a “huge disaster”

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne acknowledged today that 2014 has been a “great disaster” for the team and confirmed that they do not see 2015 as a season full of triumphs.
«2014 has been a year to forget and I am not going to discuss it. Please, let’s talk about the future because this year has been a huge disaster for Ferrari, “said Marchionne, in a meeting with the Italian press in Fiorano (northern Italy).
Likewise, the CEO of Fiat predicted a next season with few victories for the “Prancing Horse”, as he stated that if the team “wins two great prizes it would be a success, if it obtains three victories it would be a triumph and four, paradise”.
Ferrari has launched a change plan for next year, after the recent departure of the driver Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard ended five seasons with Ferrari to return to McLaren, the team in which in 2007 he experienced his most complicated season and in which he was only one of the three seasons for which he had signed.
Starting in 2015, Kimi Raikkonen – the Italian team’s last world champion in 2007 – and German Sebastian Vettel, who comes from Red Bull, will be starting drivers.
“Before he was famous, Michael Schumacher confessed to me that Vettel was the only driver capable of imitating him at Ferrari,” said Maurizio Arrivabene, director general of sports management and chief executive officer of Ferrari.
“Both Vettel and Raikkonen will work to reform the team. Vettel will bring enthusiasm. He is not naive, he knows what Ferrari’s performance is, he has seen it perfectly on the track, although this potential was not exploited in 2014, “he added.
In addition, the Italian team will have Mexican Esteban Gutiérrez as the third driver, after he has competed the last two seasons in the Formula One World Championship with the Sauber team.
Who will not be the Japanese Hirohide Hamashima, until now head of Ferrari tires, as reported recently by the car company. EFE

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