Ferrari benefitting from Vettel-Alonso switch

Sebastian Vettel's arrival at Ferrari to replace Fernando Alonso is positive for the Maranello squad, according to former team boss Flavio Briatore.

Alonso's departure from Ferrari, replaced by fellow former champion Vettel, was one of the highest-profile driver changes in the history of Formula One.

According to Briatore, a guiding hand throughout the management of Alonso's career, it was simply the natural result of the Spaniard spending five years at Maranello without adding a third title to his tally.

"I believe the change of drivers was appropriate," Briatore told RAI.

"Vettel brings something different to Ferrari and helps to motivate a group that, in terms of management, is completely new.

"Sebastian is good, but it is difficult for the driver to really bring something.

"They (drivers) can say 'this works' and 'this does not', but the involvement of the drivers was stronger a few years ago when the engines and aerodynamics were less complex."

No need to convince Vettel

The change has put the smile back on Vettel's face and the improved atmosphere throughout the entire red-clad team has been conspicuous at pre-season tests.

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne even played down team boss Maurizio Arrivabene's claim that it took some convincing to woo the German from Red Bull.

"No," he insisted. "I just asked him to come to us.

"Sebastian is a true 'Ferrarista', so it didn't take much to convince him."


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Flavio Briatore , Sebastian Vettel
Article type Breaking news
Tags ferrari