Ferrari hit targets in 2015, says Arrivabene

Ferrari may not have been able to deliver the four wins this season that would have meant team boss Maurizio Arrivabene fulfilling a barefoot running bet, but the Italian says he is more than satisfied with its campaign.

Arrivabene said earlier this year that the target for his squad was two victories in 2015, but if it achieved four wins then he would run barefoot through the hills of Maranello.

In the end, Sebastian Vettel was triumphant three times – in Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore – as Ferrari emerged as Mercedes' main challenger.

Arrivabene said there was little to be unhappy about, even though he would have quite happily run through the hills.

"When you are not winning the championship, you cannot say the mission is completed," he said.

"But we had at the beginning of the year a mission that was quite tough, and I think I am a mountain guy in the end.

"I was more than happy to go up there. But it is okay, also, like this. As I said before, I need to thank all the guys [at Ferrari] because they were doing an amazing job."

Tough climb

Arrivabene thinks Ferrari has done well to take on the challenge of closing down Mercedes, even though it has been tough to overcome the deficit.

"Since the first test, we have some good feeling. But the mountain to climb was really big.

"And the overall theme, not only for the guys here, but the drivers, the guys in Maranello, is they accept this and they were climbing the mountain.

"But when we get to the top we discovered that somebody else got there before us."

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