Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene feels that Ferrari have made dramatic progress since Silverstone, where they found themselves way off the pace of Mercedes and Williams, who were in a class of their own that weekend.
Arrivabene was seemingly pleased by the result from the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel seized third place, missing out on a last minute attack on Rosberg, whilst Raikkonen finished fourth after his smooth undercut on Bottas.
The Ferrari team principal knows more work is to come to beat the Silver Arrows, however he knows a track like Suzuka does not favor the strengths of the SF-15T, however is comparing the result to a track like Silverstone where the team discovered the shortcomings of the 2015 Ferrari.
Pitting a lap later may well have cost Vettel second place, however Arrivabene claims that they did not want to take such risks thanks to the shortage of data with the downpour on Friday, F1 Hub has learnt.
“You’re never completely happy when you don’t win the race, but I think this result should not be compared with what we had achieved in Singapore one week ago.
“We’d rather compare this track to Silverstone, because it has similar characteristics.
“And if we look back at the British Grand Prix, at the gap that we had there to our main rivals, we can see that today we have been closer.
“And this means that there has been a major development in all areas, starting from our power unit.
“As for the strategy, we were in doubt as to shortcut the Mercedes or pit after them; but there were not many data available from practice, due to the rain on Friday, so making certain choices would have meant a huge risk for the life of the tires.”