(© Ben Johnston 2015)
Former Formula One driver turned BBC F1 commentator David Coulthard believes that Scuderia Ferrari’s turn around this can be put down to the leader of new Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Arrivabene replaced interim Team Principal Marco Mattiacci on November 24 2014 and immediately begin making changes with the Maranello based outfit. In the first four flyaway Grand Prix of the season the team have scored four podium finishes including a win for Sebastian Vettel at the Malaysia Grand Prix last month.
Coulthard believes that Ferrari’s renewed success is not necessarily just as a result of Fernando Alonso leaving and Sebastian Vettel joining the team. The Scot was very critical of Marco Mattiacci as the he feels the Italian didn’t get anything right from the moment he arrived at the team. The Italian joined the Scuderia from Ferrari North America where he was Chief Executive of the Italian marques most successful region.
This did not mean however that he would be to transfer this success to the Formula One operation and sure enough this is something that he was unable to do.
Scuderia Ferrari are currently in second place in the championship on 107 points, 52 behind leaders the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team and Coulthard believes that because of this Arrivabene is getting it right.
© Ben Johnston 2015