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Ferrari boss wants winning mentality

31st December 2018, 10:01 by Gareth Freeman

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says his Ferrari team need to develop a winning mentality to end Mercedes' Formula 1 dominance.

The Scuderia looked set to end their wait for silverware in 2018 in the early stages of the season but Sebastian Vettel lost out to Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton's Mercedes outfit also won the constructors' prize as they finished 84 points ahead of Ferrari in the standings.

Arrivabene is keen to put the disappointment of last season to one side, and he says Ferrari must change their mentality if they are to land any honours in the 2019 campaign.

"[We need] the habit to win,” he told reporters.

"A kind of reinforcement but, as I said, but we need to swap our mind and to work a bit more on the habit to win.

"We need to win enough to win the championship, of course. Then it depends on the performance of the other teams, how many.

"Having said so, the habit to win, it’s very simple. If you are doing one-two it doesn’t have to be an exceptional event.

"It must be a habit. In that way you are changing and you swap your mentality from a fighter to a winner. That’s it."

Arrivabene also refused to place any blame on Vettel, who won three of the first seven races but then managed just two further victories, and insists the team must shoulder the responsibility rather than any individual.

"As Sebastian said, he made mistake, then from Monza [the Italian GP] onwards we were not there with the car and this is a fact, too, if you’re talking about facts,” he added.

"I don’t want to point the finger at the team or on the driver.

"If we are losing, we are losing together. If we are winning, we are winning together. And that’s it."

Ferrari last won the Constructors' Championship in 2008 and the last driver to win the title for the Italian team was Kimi Raikkonen the previous year.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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