Ferrari F1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said the Silverstone British Grand Prix was “good for Formula 1” with both Ferraris and both Mercedes duking it out at the front in the closing stages of the race.
Any race where your team wins will be declared as a great race by a team boss but when the racing is brilliant throughout the field, the action is close, and your driver still reigns supreme, it’s that little bit sweeter.
“I’m quite cool during the race,” said Arrivabene. “I was a bit excited when they gave the penalty to Kimi but I have to say that for Formula 1 this is good because on a spectacular track like Silverstone, having a battle like this I think is good for Formula One. Not only for Ferrari but also for Formula One.”
Vettel had been suffering with neck pains on Saturday and was at one point a doubt for taking part in the session. Sitting out most of final practice, Vettel received various treatments but, unlike in MotoGP and various other championships, F1 drivers are not allowed to be given pain killing injections to see them through the race.
Thanks to a lot of massages and physiotherapy treatments, Vettel made it out for qualifying but Arrivabene said that Vettel was still suffering with pain on Sunday morning in the build up to the Grand Prix itself.
“The most important problem was Vettel’s neck,” continued Arrivabene. “It was really hurting yesterday. This morning he had a lot of treatment and to be honest, before the race I was really very concerned about him but today he fought like a lion. Especially here because I mean, here is not easy.
“It’s home base for Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams so you have to be quite strong at Silverstone. Also because of the public. It’s absolutely right that they push for Hamilton. In Monza they push for us.”
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