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2015-03-04 10:30

PRANCING HORSE SKITTISH: Sebastian Vettel testing his Ferrari in Spain. Image: File, AP.

MARANELLO, Italy - Ferrari's president Sergio Marchionne has admitted that the brand's Formula 1 team might have to wait for its next F1 title.

"2018?  Absolutely!" he said, "but we will try to do it a little before," he said on the floor of the 2015 Geneva auto show, according to Italian media reports.

Ferrari has emerged from the chaos of 2014 with a car that insiders believe is in a group close behind obvious pace-setter Mercedes.

TRY TO STOP THEM

"We will be on par with Red Bull when we go on the circuit," Marchionne insisted, "but we will go to the track and see. I don't want to be critical but the situation when I arrived was not good.

"The men and women of Ferrari have done amazing things that I never would have expected in these four months."

He said Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were happy with the SF15-T but reigning champion team Mercedes "should not be underestimated".

The Italian-Canadian added: "In 2014 its cars did something great and are prepared to do it again. We will try to stop them."

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