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