Cape Town - Sebastian Vettel has admitted that the loss of Sergio
Marchionne had an impact on Ferrari and their performance in 2018.
The former CEO and chairperson of the Scuderia died in the week
leading up to the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, after a short illness.
Ferrari had led the standings up to that point, but Lewis
Hamilton and Mercedes came through to take both titles, with the Silver Arrows
winning their fifth consecutive double of Drivers’ and Constructors’
"The passing of our chairman, Mr Marchionne obviously
had an impact and was tough," Vettel admitted.
"I think it’s up to us to look into every single detail
and make sure we come out as a stronger group, enabling us to build a stronger
package for next year and for the future."
Both team and driver came under scrutiny for errors, in both
strategy and race craft, throughout the season.
Former Ferrari boss Ross Brawn drew a direct link between
the passing of Marchionne and the subsequent lack of performance.
Vettel, who ended up 88 points behind Hamilton at the final
count, said it was a "big loss".
"The day-to-day business continued, I think people knew
what was their job and knew what to do, but surely it wasn’t easy for us,"
"I think we tried to continue in the best mental matter
we could and tried to do our job. I think that’s probably what he would have
liked to see.
"He was giving us always a lot of pressure, but also
there to help us and guide us.
"It was a big loss, but I think as a team we tried to
respond and just to continue, respecting him and his legacy."