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up­wards from there. His bullish ap­proach meant that he up­set a few peo­ple along the way, for which he makes no apolo­gies.

“It’s true: I’m not re­ally a diplo­matic per­son at all,” he ad­mits. “I don’t think twice about telling some­one ex­actly what I think of them to their face, even if that’s not al­ways the best idea.”

This side of his char­ac­ter is where some of his choice quotes about driv­ers come from – es­pe­cially when things aren’t go­ing well. “All I do is say the same things ev­ery­one else sees,” is how he de­fends him­self. “For­mula 1 needs sin­cer­ity and open­ness. If I say that a driver has made a mis­take dur­ing a race, that’s not call­ing into ques­tion his ab­so­lute value oth­er­wise. And also, my crit­i­cisms of­ten pro­voke what I would call the right re­ac­tions. Take Kimi Räikkö­nen; when­ever I say he has made a mis­take, he doesn’t even try to an­swer. But you can see it’s hurt­ing him in­side; that he wants to make it up to you in the way that he should. And this is some­thing I like.”

There have been no con­fronta­tions with Se­bas­tian Vet­tel; only some air cleared at the start of their col­lab­o­ra­tion, be­fore the sea­son be­gan. “As soon as he ar­rived with us at Fer­rari, he was tempted by the de­sire to change things,” Mau­r­izio re­calls. “But then you come across some­one – as hap­pened to me as well – who gen­tly ex­plains that you are run­ning too quickly and that per­haps it would be bet­ter if you just stopped for a mo­ment, and started again with a bit more hu­mil­ity. That’s what I did. And Se­bas­tian, too, wanted to make some changes at the start of his Fer­rari ca­reer. At that point I Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene, 58 Bres­cia, Italy

Fer­rari, Ap­pointed team prin­ci­pal at Fer­rari in Novem­ber, re­plac­ing Marco Mattiacci

Be­comes an in­de­pen­dent board mem­ber of Ju­ven­tus FC

Ap­pointed vice pres­i­dent of Philip Mor­ris con­sumer strat­egy and event mar­ket­ing

Joins the For­mula 1 Com­mis­sion as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all F1 spon­sors

Rises to the po­si­tion of vice pres­i­dent of Marl­boro global com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pro­mo­tions for Philip Mor­ris

Joins Philip Mor­ris and be­gins his in­volve­ment with the com­pany’s spon­sor­ship of Fer­rari in­vited him to visit all the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments within Fer­rari, stop­ping to talk with peo­ple and ob­serv­ing care­fully what they do. From that day on he fully un­der­stood, and be­came an even big­ger Fer­rari fan than he was be­fore.”

Mau­r­izio im­me­di­ately grasped who his key ref­er­ence points should be, choos­ing tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor James Al­li­son and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel – with whom he en­joys a re­la­tion­ship of to­tal trust.

There were many pun­dits (in­clud­ing a num­ber of peo­ple within Fer­rari it­self) who en­vis­aged Kimi Räikkö­nen be­ing re­placed by Daniel Ric­cia­rdo from 2016, but Mau­r­izio made sure that Kimi’s con­tract was hon­oured, know­ing that the ar­rival of Ric­cia­rdo would not have gone down well with Vet­tel. And an­other fact wor­thy of note: Mau­r­izio has never per­son­ally been

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