Formula1, Motorsport

Ferrari determined to close the gap to Mercedes

Despite the dominance from Mercedes thus far this season, Scuderia Ferrari is not giving up hopes on trying to reduce the margin and catch up with the silver arrows.

The team has vowed to erase their despair from last year as they did not win a single race.

Initially with their token-upgraded engine, Ferrari took off to Canada with high hopes of victory but was eventually disappointed and Austria had made their day worse. The race in Spielberg was ultimately the black day for the scarlets.

“It’s like watching a bad movie of 2014 all over again,” said President Sergio Marchionne as quoted from La Gazetta dello Sport.

Sebastian Vettel concedes that Mercedes’ form was undeniable.

“Most impressive were the first laps of the race,” said the German after the Austrian Grand Prix.

“They were three to five tenths of a second better than us.”

However, Ferrari managed to take over the practice sessions.

“The explanation is simple. Mercedes always run more fuel on Fridays,” said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

“I have told our engineers to now do the same because only that way will we really know where we stand.”

Arrivabene wishes to focus much more on this season rather than foreseeing the next season.

“We have already started work on the 2016 car, but at the same time we need to intensify the work on the current car,” he said.

“We set ourselves the goal of winning three races this year and I see no reason to change. We do not want to catch Mercedes in 2020 but as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of 2015.”

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