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New Ferrari F1 boss tells team: "I want you to attack"

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New Ferrari F1 boss tells team: "I want you to attack"
Dec 14, 2014, 4:46 PM

The Ferrari F1 team had its Christmas celebration this weekend for all the employees with new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene telling the staff,...

The Ferrari F1 team had its Christmas celebration this weekend for all the employees with new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene telling the staff,"Today we are here to celebrate but from January onwards I want you to attack."

The objective, he added, "Is to bring Ferrari back to the positions which it deserves."

The lunch, which began with thoughts turning to injured colleagues Michael Schumacher and Jules Bianchi, was attended by Kimi Raikkonen, wearing a Ferrari team blazer and tie and by outgoing driver Fernando Alonso, who as unveiled by his new squad McLaren this week. The Spaniard was wearing unmarked clothing. The drivers were welcomed onto the stage to receive a gift in commemoration.

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Also at the event was new Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who added, "In this room are many people who have great talent. I'm here to get you working at your best and to give you the resources to do your jobs to such a level that the two extraordinary drivers we have, will be able to fight for the front row."

Marchionne also re-affirmed his faith in Arrivabene, who has come to the top Ferrari F1 job by way of his long experience as a sponsor of the team with tobacco giant Philip Morris. Arrivabene has no experience of running a racing team, but he has extensive experience of the world of F1, the deals behind doors, access to the influencers and the political forums. Philip Morris has poured billions into F1 in general and into Ferrari over the course of decades of involvement.

Marchionne has previously referred to the reasons for taking Arrivabene into this role as being his "thorough understanding of the governance mechanisms and requirements of the sport. " There are also signs that Arrivabene has a fresh view on the promotion of the sport in general and of Ferrari's part in that.

Marchionne is encouraging Arrivabene to make changes, to be bold rather than to give in to inertia. Underlining this message to the Ferrari staff this weekend he asked them "Do not fear change, have the courage to give your ideas. I know you are capable of it and Ferrari needs it."

Bob Bell

The next moves will be interesting. We have referred in the last months to the possible moves around two leading engineering figures; Bob Bell (above), who has the experience to play a Paddy Lowe-type role alongside Arrivabene, has been linked with a role running the racing team and the technical operation. Ross Brawn has been a target but he wants to be the reference point for the team, as he puts it, not the technical and sporting boss. Bell was at Mercedes until recently so he has a good understanding of why the Silver Arrows are in the position they are in. At the same time, there have been persistent rumours that the skids are under chief designer Nicolas Tombazis and it is looking like his role is going to be taken over by an in-house candidate, Simone Resta.
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