Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene says this weekend’s British Grand Prix could be “difficult” for Ferrari given it is a home race for rivals Mercedes-AMG.
Arrivabene said Ferrari will “tackle” the British Grand Prix, the last race of Formula 1’s first ever ‘triple-header’, with their usual level of “headedness and determination.”
Ferrari hasn’t beaten Mercedes at Britain’s Silverstone track in the hybrid era.
The Italian team and current Constructors Championship leaders are coming off a double podium in last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, whereas Mercedes is recovering from a double mechanical retirement, one of the first in their history.
Mercedes-AMG Team Principal Toto Wolff said on Sunday in Austria that his team would approach Britain “with their heads held high.”
“We will be aiming to come back strong and make amends for our failures,” Wolff said.
Ferrari is expected to struggle in Britain because their cars have historically suited technical tracks like Singapore and Hungary.
Describing the Silverstone circuit, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo said, “it’s high speed, flowing and beautiful.”
With their efficient power unit complimenting an effective aerodynamic package, Mercedes has always enjoyed success at tracks such as Silverstone.
The Silver Arrows haven’t lost a race at Silverstone in the hybrid era. Ferrari’s last win in Britain came via Fernando Alonso in 2011.
“We are determined to put up a hard fight on home turf and come back with a strong result,” Wolff said.
Mercedes’ factory in Brackley is less than ten kilometres from the Silverstone circuit.
Wolff is hoping the result of the British Grand Prix will be one that is worthy of “our fans’ passion and the Mercedes brand.”