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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Ferrari denies ‘missed opportunity’ in Austria

Maurizio Arrivabene dismisses the suggestion a misguided strategy prevented Ferrari from challenging for victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Maurizio Arrivabene says he doesn't believe Ferrari missed out on a chance to win the Austrian Grand Prix as a promising start to the weekend concluded with it being out-performed in the race by Red Bull.

Though Sebastian Vettel suffered with a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change, the move to start on the super-soft appeared to give Ferrari an edge strategically compared to Mercedes as it could run longer on the first stint.

However, with Vettel being eliminated by a high-speed puncture, Kimi Raikkonen spent much of the second stint stuck behind the slower Daniel Ricciardo, denying him the chance to play himself back into contention, and would eventually cross the line behind Max Verstappen.

With question marks over Ferrari's decision to leave Raikkonen out as long as they did, Arrivabene denies a misguided strategy prevented it from claiming victory.

“I don't think it was a missed opportunity,” he said. “We followed totally our strategy and sometimes we can't talk to the driver because the rules are very clear but the drivers can give us feedback at certain points.

“Kimi decided to carry on like this and we went on one other option for strategy but without the yellow flags he wasn't going to overtake Verstappen. I think what we have to say is he's done a great race.”

Indeed, Arrivabene believes Vettel was on for a strong result had he not been forced out of the race in what was his third DNF of the year.

“I think that without this tyre failure he would be very high in the podium, I don't know where but very high. Because we diverse the two strategies, they were different from one driver to the other.”
by Ollie Barstow



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BlackMike

July 04, 2016 10:36 AM
Last Edited 65 days ago

The safety car didn't help. Kimi done a solid race ... The Ferrari did show promise which bodes well going forward. ... and saying Vettel would have finished high up on the podium is a waste of breath, he didn't.

motorsportpaul

July 04, 2016 7:36 PM

That comment makes no sense, KR was the lead Ferrari and maintaining a 5-6 second gap ahead of SV, both of which were faster than RedBull ALL weekend, so why now pretend they didn't destroy a great chance and make out JV was faster than KR when he caught him almost a second a lap once he cleared DR?? and then say it was SV who was set for the best result when all they did was leave him out and pitted KR too late to cover the RedBulls??



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