Marchionne unsure about drivers’ futures


Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne is relaxed over the immediate futures of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, but urged the team to put them in competitive cars next season.

The Italian said 2017 will be an important year for the Scuderia as he is unsure whether or not Raikkonen or Vettel will still be in the team in 2018.

“I saw Raikkonen at his best [in 2016], but I do not know if he wants to go beyond 2017,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Regarding the renewal of Vettel, it's early to talk about it because first he must be comfortable with the car of 2017. We have to give him a competitive car, he has to drive well.”

In regards to his technical team, the departure of James Allison was a blow for Ferrari as he was replaced by Mattia Binotto.

Marchionne also rubbished reports that Paddy Lowe was being lined-up to join the team.

"We worked on every area of the car, especially on the aerodynamics, in recent years historically weak point of the Ferrari,” he continued.

“As for Paddy Lowe, you always look for the hero, but you have to invest on the structure that we have. With Mattia Binotto summer the situation has changed. I have no regrets."