Fer­rari refuses to write off 2016 in favour of 2017 de­vel­op­ment head start

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Fer­rari team prin­ci­pal Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene has said the team will not switch fo­cus to its 2017 car and will con­tinue to de­velop its cur­rent car in­stead.

The team has yet to score a win in 2016 but has fea­tured on the podium in seven of the first eight races.

De­spite the raft of tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tion changes for 2017, Ar­riv­abene said it’s too early to con­cen­trate solely on the new car.

“In this sit­u­a­tion we have now, we have a gap from Mercedes but we are not that far from them,” he said.

“It is crazy to talk about next year, we need to fo­cus on this year. We fo­cus our at­ten­tion on the ar­eas where we have weak­nesses and try to im­prove. That is what we are go­ing to do.” Fer­rari ju­nior driver Charles Le­clerc will take part in five first prac­tice ses­sions this year for Haas, start­ing at next week­end’s Bri­tish GP. The Mone­gasque is cur­rently lead­ing the GP3 points and was fourth in Euro­pean F3 last year.

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