Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has rejected remarks by Bernie Ecclestone that the Scuderia has “has gone back to being a very Italian team again” and that its current difficulties stem from management issues.
Asked for a response ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, Arrivabene insisted he doesn't “desperately needs is a good back-up support like Mercedes have got” and that in fact he has “hundreds of people who are nearby”.
He also revealed that Ecclestone sought him out and spoke to him after the interview in question.
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“First of all, we all know Bernie,” Arrivabene said. “The day after he said the opposite and he also came to me to explain himself without being requested to do so.
“If I'm not wrong, it's said that I need somebody nearby me to help. I don't need it. I'm part of the Ferrari racing department and I have hundreds of people who are nearby me.
"We have a new technical group led by Mattia Binotto. They are enthusiasts, they are working very, very well. So we have a team.”
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Arrivabene also said that the passion at Ferrari - and for the Ferrari brand worldwide - is by no means a handicap for him, quite the opposite.
“In terms of the passion, I was always passionate about Ferrari, all my life, I have to say, even before doing this job and Ferrari is about passion, it's about emotion. When I'm at the factory and I cross the street to go in the GT department and I'm looking at new GT cars that are coming out from the factory, for me it's a big emotion. And this is something that is not a handicap.
“It's a dream.”
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