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- Updated: November 15, 2017
While the Ferrari camp has been in an optimistic mood following Sebastian Vettel’s triumph in the Brazilian Grand Prix, two former greats of the sport have put the brakes on Ferrari’s celebrations.
While Vettel will be having sleepless nights after completely botching the title race in the seond-half of the season, the German was at least able to beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag at the weekend.
“Brazil was a great day for us,” Vettel told Italian radio Rai.
“Now I hope we can look good in Abu Dhabi and then win the world title next year.”
But two illustrious F1 figures warned Vettel that despite his win in Brazil, toppling Mercedes through the course of the 2018 season will still be a daunting task.
“I am delighted with Ferrari’s victory,” said former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who when he left office clashed spectacularly with his successor Sergio Marchionne.
“Unlike finance and economics, sport is not an exact science,” he told Radio Capital. “It is easy to talk but much more difficult to win.
“Ferrari had a good season, but unfortunately did not win the title. And I think that in Brazil Hamilton would have won if he had started from pole,” Montezemolo added.
Fellow Italian Flavio Briatore agreed with this view and said, “We are all happy with Ferrari’s victory, but we must not forget that the protagonist (Hamilton) was out. And we all saw his comeback.”