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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.


"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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