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Ferrari: Mercedes not used to "taking punches"

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Ferrari: Mercedes not used to "taking punches"
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Aug 30, 2018, 9:32 AM

Ferrari needs to take advantage of its Formula 1 rival Mercedes not being used to this much pressure in the title fight, according to the Scuderia’s team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

Sebastian Vettel’s victory in last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix cut Lewis Hamilton’s lead to 17 points after the German had been thwarted in the previous two races despite Ferrari appearing to have a faster car. 

Speaking at the Milan F1 demonstration in the build-up to this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Arrivabene said Ferrari must throw the sort of punches it has taken time after time from Mercedes since F1’s V6 turbo-hybrid era began in 2014. 

"They are not used to it,” said Arrivabene. “In the last few years we were with our heads held low, we took punches right and left, but we always got up. 

“We're used to it. They are not, so the speech made to the boys is simple: let's keep them under pressure. 

“Sooner or later, when we reach them [Mercedes], we are the aggressive ones who have taken them [the punches] and we know how bad it is. 

“Now it's time to give them.”

The momentum in the F1 title battle has swapped between Mercedes and Ferrari this season, with Hamilton and Vettel are level on five wins after 13 races. 

Mercedes currently enjoys a 15-point lead over Ferrari in the constructors’ championship to go with Hamilton’s advantage in the drivers’ contest.

However, Ferrari arrives at Monza as the pre-race favourite after Vettel’s Spa win, with its engine upgrade appearing to trump Mercedes’ as both manufacturers introduced new specs last weekend. 

Arrivabene cautioned that the team cannot get carried away just because of one victory. 

"It’s a recovery but we're still behind,” he said. 

“We have to put this in our heads that if you win a race, you have not won the championship, and that is our goal. 

“We must put pressure on Mercedes, who are not accustomed to it.” 

Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

Photo by: Jerry Andre / Sutton Images

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