Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says they must take advantage of Mercedes’ lack of experience with pressure. Heading into the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, Ferrari are starting to close the gap on the Silver Arrows after Sebastian Vettel’s masterful race win in Belgium.
Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead has been cut to 17 points by the German and the Brit himself has admitted in recent weeks that Ferrari’s car is currently faster.
And, speaking at the Milan F1 demonstration, Arrivabene says Ferrari must start throwing punches at Mercedes and severely crank up the pressure on them.
“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.”