Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne expects to see a calmer & “less emotional” Sebastian Vettel in 2018 as the president believes that the German has learned to control his emotions.
Vettel’s quest to be the World Champion in 2017 may have failed but Sergio Marchionne is backing up the former for 2018 season already.
Vettel was at one stage leading Hamilton by 14 points in the Drivers’ Championship battle. But the Mercedes driver hit back after the summer break to claim the trophy.
After a promising start to the season, he had few controversies lined up. The four-time world champion was penalized after barging into championship rival Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan GP, he also got involved in costly start line crash in Singapore.
But the Ferrari chief is confident that Vettel has learned from his mistakes.
“Sebastian Vettel is a guy who studies a lot, studies himself and is committed,” he said. “Therefore, I think that we will see less of his emotional side. I think he has learned enough.
“Plus, there were plenty of opportunities for him to get annoyed, as he’s had a couple of rather difficult seasons, this year and the previous one.”
However, Marchionne also warned: “I think we gave them a great car in 2017 and so, from now on, it’s down to him.”
Kimi Raikkonen was also rewarded with a new Ferrari deal last year, though the 38-year-old Finn is still without an F1 victory since rejoining the team in 2014.
A number of drivers are pushing for the Raikkonen’s seat, but Marchionne is still backing Raikkonen.
“I believe he is really great, truly talented and I have never doubted his abilities,” he added. “I tell you, he’s a really top guy, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken pole at a track like Monaco.
“I think Maurizio [Arrivabene, Ferrari team boss] has done a great job with the drivers and that’s not an easy task.”