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Ferrari: We are an F1 team, not a circus act

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Ferrari: We are an F1 team, not a circus act
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Oct 27, 2015, 12:32 PM

Ferrari has defended its actions in not doing its best to entertain fans during the rain-hit qualifying session for the United States Grand Prix.

Ferrari staff in the rain in the paddock
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF15-T
(L to R): Max Verstappen, Scuderia Toro Rosso and team mate Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso practice their bowling in the pits
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing and Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing dance together
The Sahara Force India F1 Team have some fun in the pits
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari with the media

While rival outfits lifted spirits of those in the grandstands by creating makeshift boats, dancing or even pretend fishing in the pit-lane during the delays on Saturday, Ferrari declined to join in the fun.

And while standing firm over what his team did, boss Maurizio Arrivabene even reckoned that what rivals did was not really good for fans.

“We are a Formula 1 team, not the Cirque du Soleil,” said Arrivabene. “It’s fine if somebody entertains the public, it’s absolutely fine.

“But we signed autographs for all the people that were waiting, and we took some of the children in wheelchairs into our pit box.

“We prefer to do these things, rather than simulating fishing and doing funny things for the TV. That is not really doing something for the fans."

Raikkonen unimpressed

Kimi Raikkonen also reckoned that F1 did a disservice to itself with the way that some teams behaved on Saturday.

When asked why he did not take part in any of the pit-lane antics, Raikkonen said: “You want an honest answer? I think this is F1 and not the circus.

“The people are obviously not happy when we’re not running but we cannot make them happy with whatever we do apart from running [on track] and we couldn’t give it because of the weather.

“Sometimes, it’s no wonder when people start thinking about what F1 is, when these kind of things happen.

"This was everyone’s choice but, for me, we are here racing and doing our work.”

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