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2015-04-08 10:35

MORE WINS IN SIGHT? Ferrari's team boss, Maurizio Arrivabene is making plans to fulfil a tongue-in-cheek pre-season pledge. Image: Ferrari

MARANELLO, Italy - Ferrari's team boss, Maurizio Arrivabene is making plans to fulfil a tongue-in-cheek pre-season pledge.

As he played down the team's hopes for 2015, Arrivabene quipped before Melbourne that if the 2015 car wins four races in 2015: "I will run without shoes to the Maranello hills".

During the second round of the season in Malaysia, Sebastian Vettel clocked up victory number one.

70KM VICTORY LAP

Arrivabene, newly arrived in red, is now making plans to fulfil his pledge, according to the Ferrari insider and blogger Leo Turrini.

Turrini, revealing that Arrivabene's route will be the 70km from Maranello to Sestola, said the Ferrari chief asked him over dinner: "If we win five, will you come with me?"

Much of the credit for Ferrari's surprising turnaround is going to James Allison, the Briton and former Lotus designer who is now technical director.

The SF15-T is the first Ferrari he has had total responsibility for, as he adopted the old Ross Brawn format of overseeing not only the chassis side but also the engine.

Allison is quoted as saying: "I did not design a single screw on the car. My job is to decide what parts are worthy of being further developed."

He played down the comparison with Brawn, but Ferrari's drivers are notably happy with the Allison-overseen 2015 package.

SIGHTS ON THE TITLE

Malaysia winner Vettel is not even ruling out a title tilt.

Vettel said: "That's why I signed up. That's our goal and that's the mission...to bring the world championship back to Maranello."

Some have downplayed Ferrari's Sepang victory as due to the tyres uniquely surviving the extreme temperatures seen in Malaysia.

But Kimi Raikkonen says the SF15-T is simply good: "Obviously, the circuit, the weather and everything else plays an important part in any result.

"But that does not take away from the fact that we have a strong package."

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