Arrivabene insists Ferrari will not give up
18 September 2017 – Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has emphasised that the squad will keep fighting until the final lap of the 2017 season, off the back of its "very disappointing" result in Singapore.
Ferrari, following a sub-par home showing in Italy, expected to bounce back in Singapore, with the layout of the Marina Bay Street Circuit tipped to suit the SF70-H's characteristics.
Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position on Saturday evening, posting two laps quick enough for top spot, with Kimi Räikkönen fourth, while title rival Mercedes was left on the third row of the grid.
However, Vettel, Räikkönen and Max Verstappen came to blows in wet conditions on the opening lap, with the contact resulting in the retirement of all three drivers.
Vettel's exit means that he is now 28 points behind race winner Lewis Hamilton in the standings, while Ferrari's slim chances in the Constructors' battle have narrowed, with the team 102 down on Mercedes.
Arrivabene, though, has vowed that Ferrari will keep fighting in its quest to deliver the title.
"That was very disappointing and it was definitely not the result we were expecting," said Arrivabene.
"But it doesn't mean that the battle is all over, just that it has become more difficult.
"We are very disappointed for our fans, but we will be back. We proved that we have an excellent car and two great drivers.
"All of us, those in Singapore and those working back in Maranello, we all have the Prancing Horse stamped on our hearts.
"We guarantee that we will be fighting right to the final corner of the very last Grand Prix of the year."
It marked Ferrari's first double retirement since the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix.