Marchionne "expects" Ferrari to start winning in Spain

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Marchionne "expects" Ferrari to start winning in Spain
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May 11, 2016, 9:25 AM

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne is confident the Italian Formula 1 team can start winning races, beginning with this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari President and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H in parc ferme
Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari President and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal in the press conference

Although the Maranello squad has shown promise in the first four races of the season, reliability problems and accidents have meant it has failed to present a challenge to the dominant Mercedes team.

Sebastian Vettel is already 67 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg, with Kimi Raikkonen 57 adrift.

But Marchionne reckons once the bad luck goes away, Ferrari will start beating Mercedes.

"I am confident," Marchionne said during the presentation of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia in Balocco, Italy.

"Sunday will be an important day. So far, much of it was down to bad luck, but the season has just begun.

"I expect us to win shortly, starting with Spain," he said.

Despite the lack of victories, the Ferrari boss said he was happy with how both Vettel and Raikkonen had performed this year.

"I'm very satisfied with both Vettel and Raikkonen," he said. "The only thing that hasn't worked well is luck."

Alfa entry still on the cards

Marchionne insisted plans for Alfa Romeo to enter Formula 1 are still on the cards, but it will depend on the Italian manufacturer's success in the road car market.

"It will depend on the success of the Giulia," he said.

"Surely our participation will be limited to F1. We are not, however, available to run only as engine suppliers, but we would focus on a complete package like Ferrari.

"To finance the races you have to sell the cars. Today is only the beginning of a long road. "

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