DC: Arrivabene is getting it right

Date published: April 21 2015 - Editor

David Coulthard believes the turnaround in Ferrari's fortunes this year has a lot do with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

The Prancing Horse underwent several changes following a poor 2014 campaign with Fernando Alonso, Marco Mattiacci and Luca di Montezemolo all leaving the squad.

In came Sebastian Vettel as Alonso's replacement while Arrivabene took over from Mattiacci with Sergio Marchionne appointed new president in place of Di Montezemolo.

The changes appear to have had the desired effect as Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix while the team have also been on the podium in the other three races this season.

F1 commentator Coulthard feels Arrivabene has brought the "Italian-ness back to Ferrari".

"There is undoubtedly a new airiness to Ferrari, but I don't think that is necessarily down to Alonso leaving and Vettel arriving," he wrote in his latest BBC Sport column.

"The new team boss, Maurizio Arrivabene, has brought a lightness and Italian-ness back to Ferrari, which was maybe not there before.

"Predecessor Marco Mattiacci just seemed like he was bringing procedure in his short-lived reign. He did not get it right on any level.

"Mattiacci did not connect with the paddock or the business of F1, which is the sport. You can't just work by numbers in F1 – if you could, Toyota would have dominated in the 2000s, instead of failing spectacularly.

"Arrivabene, on the other hand, is getting it right."