TEAM PRO­FILE FER­RARI

Fer­rari emerged as a se­ri­ous threat to Mercedes last sea­son, only to fum­ble late on with poor re­li­a­bil­ity and that crash on the open­ing lap of the Sin­ga­pore GP. Can they threaten Mercedes this year?

F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2018 FERRARI -

Name Scud­e­ria Fer­rari Ad­dress Via Abe­tone In­fe­ri­ore n. 4, I-41053, Maranello (MO), Italy Chas­sis SF71-H Power unit Fer­rari Team prin­ci­pal Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene Tech­ni­cal direc­tor Mat­tia Binotto

First GP Monaco 1950 Races started 949 Wins 229 Poles 213 Fastest laps 244 Points 7,182.5 Driv­ers’ ti­tles 15 Con­struc­tors’ ti­tles 16

2017 Cham­pi­onship Po­si­tion 2nd Points 522 Wins/podi­ums 5/15 Poles 5 Fastest laps 7 Races in points 19

F1 RAC­ING SAYS...

Fer­rari’s bid to chal­lenge Mercedes for both ti­tles in 2017 started so well. Af­ter three vic­to­ries from the first six races, Se­bas­tian Vet­tel held a 25-point ad­van­tage over Lewis Hamil­ton in the driv­ers’ stand­ings, while Fer­rari edged Mercedes in the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship. And de­spite the em­bar­rass­ing low of Azer­bai­jan, Vet­tel en­tered the sum­mer break with his lead in­tact. But then came the dis­as­trous Asian leg of the cham­pi­onship, with tech­ni­cal prob­lems and driver er­rors com­bin­ing to give Hamil­ton a clear run to the fin­ish. A qual­ity con­trol spe­cial­ist was brought in over the win­ter to get on top of the is­sues and over­see a re­newed ef­fort.

OUR TIP: Fer­rari will win more races but once again will fall short of the holy grail of the ti­tle.

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