Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has broken his silence, regarding the speculation last week around technical chief James Allison and driver Sebastian Vettel.
Maurizio made it known he was unavailable for comment with the English speaking media at the Hungarian GP, after whispers emerged of a crisis in Maranello last week.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner fanned the flames as well by suggesting that Vettel would favour a move to Mercedes soon.
Arrivabene responded via the Italian media. “Sebastian never said once that he doesn’t like the atmosphere in Ferrari. On the contrary, he has said numerous times that he is very comfortable in the team.
“A couple of months ago, journalists began to ask Kimi the same question, and after him it was my turn, that (James) Allison would soon take my place.
“Now that we confirm the contract with Kimi, the press is saying that Allison is leaving! You know what? Please, let us work in peace,” pleaded the Ferrari team boss.
The passionate Italian also addressed reports about Ferrari team morale being negative. “That’s not true,” he insisted. “This is a strong and united team. This supposedly low morale is all just stories to try to make us have low morale, but we never give up — never, never, never.”
Fighting talk from Maurizio as always, however, the Italian rumour mill continues to speculate on when – not if – James Allison will leave the team and return to the UK.
Many believe Enstone would welcome his return with open arms.
Ferrari had a reasonable race in Hungary, and their cars looked quicker than the Red Bull’s with hotter than expected track temperatures that playing into their hands.
However, the Hungaroring – as ironically observed by Fernando Alonso – dished up its usual procession. The top 10 finishers were almost identical to those at the start, with the exception of Kimi who demonstrated Ferrari can do ‘strategy’ when they put their minds to it.
Red Bull have never won at the up coming Hockenheim GP venue, whilst Ferrari have claimed victory in two of the last three outings to the Rhine Valley circuit. This should give hope to the Red Team, though according according to Maurizio though, they don’t need extra motivation.