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“Difficult” for Arrivabene to leave Ferrari – Italian media

The Ferrari Team Principal has been named as one of the contenders for a role with an Italian football team.

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Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene (Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari).

An Italian media outlet says it’ll be “difficult” for Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene to leave Ferrari to take up a role on the board of football club Juventus.

Multiple Italian media outlets published Arrivabene as one of nine contenders for Juventus’s general director role following the resignation of Giuseppe Marotta from the board.

Milan newspaper Il Giornale published the article describing Arrivabene’s move from Ferrari as “difficile“, which means “difficult” in English. 

Arrivabene is already a non-executive director of the Juventus football club, which plays in the Italian ‘Serie A’ football competition. 

Maurizio Arrivabene (pictured) has been the Team Principal of Ferrari since the start of 2015.

Juventus and Ferrari are both owned by the holding company Exor. 

Pressure is mounting on Ferrari as another World Championship title looks increasingly unlikely.

Ferrari is 53 points behind Mercedes in the Constructors Championship after the Silver Arrows finished first and second in Sochi.

“I’m responsible for the team,” Arrivabene said in a press conference held just before the Singapore Grand Prix.

“When the result is not coming, it’s my responsibility,” he said, adding that he’s the one to “blame.”

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen (right) celebrates winning the 2007 Drivers World Championship. It was the last time Ferrari won either of Formula 1’s World Championships. 

Arrivabene joined Ferrari as Team Principal for the 2015 season, following the departure of Marco Mattiacci.

Discussions about Arrivabene’s future with Ferrari have been prevalent since the winless 2016 season.

In 2017, Italian media suggested Arrivabene’s replacement could be Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer Mattia Binotto. 

However, no claims materialized. 

Sebastian Vettel (pictured) defended Arrivabene in 2017 when Italian media raised suggestions of a sacking because of Ferrari’s poor performance. 

Ahead of the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel defended Arrivabene and said he was the “key person” in Ferrari’s 2015 resurgence. 

Vettel described Arrivabene’s way of thinking as “innovative” and “creative.”

“He is well respected by all the people,” Vettel added. 

Ferrari has not won a World Championship since 2007 when Kimi Raikkonen was the Drivers World Champion. 

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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