MARANELLO, Italy - Ferrari has set a modest target for the 2015 Melbourne season-opener, an insider close to the Maranello team reports.
TOUGH JOB AHEAD: Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have a goal to reach for the season-opener race in Melbourne, Australia. Image: AP / Marco Vasini
Leo Turrini, famously close to the main protagonists in red, wrote in his Quotidiano blog that the "minimum goal for Ferrari in Melbourne is to get both cars into Q3 on Saturday".
New president Sergio Marchionne has already warned that, after a tumultuous period for Ferrari and a difficult 2014, fans of the team should be prepared for another difficult season.
EYES ON PODIUM
"The maximum target, and quite frankly it is unlikely, is the podium (in Australia)," Turrini added.
He quoted Marchionne as having said at the Detroit auto show a week earlier that "If in the last phase of the 2015 season we are still far behind, then we will have no excuses".
As far as drivers go, Ferrari newcomers Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne have already begun their 2015 campaigns with visits to Maranello.
Now Turrini reports that Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel's 2015 team mate, will make his first 2015 visit to the Ferrari headquarters this week (Jan19-23).
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