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Ferrari future in good hands after Allison exit - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel insists he is not worried about Ferrari's future prospects, despite the departure of technical director James Allison.

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Race winner Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari celebrates on the podium with James Allison, Ferrari Chassis Technical Director
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Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari walks the circuit with the team
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Ferrari announced earlier this week that it has agreed to a parting of ways with Allison, which comes in the wake of the death of his wife earlier this year and growing pressure on the Maranello-based team to deliver.

While the loss of Allison is a big blow to Ferrari, and the team will likely need to find a big-name replacement, Vettel says he has faith that the situation is not a cause for major concern – and he fully support newly appointed tech chief Matteo Binotto.

"I think we have stated in a press release what happened," he said. "I think Matteo has been in the team for a very long time so is very experienced and knows the team inside out.

"There will be a difference but short term it doesn't change much."

Management faith

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has heaped the pressure on the team to deliver wins this year, and there are suggestions this has left the outfit afraid to be bold with car developments or strategy.

But while there has been speculation about the future of Maurizio Arrivabene as well, Vettel does not feel that the management structure in the team is not working well.

"I think we have the right people on board," he said. "Obviously there has been a lot in the press, especially about our president and what he expected from us.

"But it is good to see he is involved. He is pushing the team very hard and in Maranello he spends a lot of time there. He knows what he is talking about and generally trying to understand what is going on, especially in the last year.

"Things are heading in the right direction. There is a big change now but that doesn't impact on tomorrow's work. For the future no doubt about it, but things are heading in the right direction.

"In Maurizio's case, he has been involved for a long time. He knows the business very well and he is doing a very, very good. That is what we feel. He is the leader, he is the team principal and we are happy he is with us."

Push on with 2016

Although Allison's departure comes at a time when teams are switching most of their focus on to 2017 cars, Vettel insists that his absence should not prompt his chiefs to abandon work on the current chassis either.

"We are already working flat out on the 2017 car, but I think everybody is," he said. "The rules are very different but there is still stuff we can learn from this year, which is why it would be wrong to forget about this year's car."

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