Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has rallied the troops ahead of the 2015 season, calling on them to back Maurizio Arrivabene and to thrive on change.
The Italian marque are coming off a disastrous campaign going by the usual lofty high standards as they failed to score a race victory this year – the first time since 1993 that they have didn’t claim a P1. The team also lost double World Champion Fernando Alonso at the end of the season with the Spaniard moving to McLaren.
Ferrari, though, are determined to return to the glory days and they have made plenty of changes with four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel replacing Alonso while off the track Marchionne has taken over from Luca di Montezemolo as president and Arrivabene was appointed new team principal with Marco Mattiacci making way.
Speaking at the traditional Gestione Sportiva Christmas Lunch for Ferrari staff and representatives, Marchionne backed Arrivabene to steer the team back on track after a “difficult period”.
“I am here to get you working at your best and to give you the necessary resources, which when combined with your ability will put our fantastic driver pairing in a position to fight for the front row,” he is quoted as saying by the official Ferrari website.
“That’s why I decided to bring in Maurizio Arrivabene, who will ensure that you and Ferrari will benefit from very efficient leadership. I have full confidence in Maurizio. He has known this world for a long time and has the ability to steer the Scuderia in what is a difficult period for it and for Formula 1 in general. Do not fear change, be proactive and have the courage to come up with ideas. I know you can do it and that’s what Ferrari needs.”
Arrivabene also called on everyone to “go on the attack” so that Ferrari can return to the top.
“I am very proud to work for this company, which is the best there is,” he said. “A company is it’s people and in this case, they are special people. Now we are here to look forward to Christmas, but as from January, I want to see you not on the defensive but on the attack, because the aim is to get the Scuderia back where it should be.”