Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari has achieved its objectives during winter testing but is still attempting to keep expectations grounded ahead of the 2015 season opener.
Ferrari suffered a miserable 2014 season, scoring just two podium finishes all year long, as the team failed to win a race for the first time since 1993.
The team has undergone a major overhaul over the winter, with Arrivabene replacing Marco Mattiacci as team principal, and Sebastian Vettel replacing the McLaren bound Fernando Alonso.
There have been encouraging early signs from Ferrari, with Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen topping the timesheets at the opening test at Jerez, and Arrivabene says the team has met all of its targets ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
“Now, I can say that we have reached our objectives,” he said. “The SF15-T is behaving as we’d expected.
“Kimi, who drove last year’s car, sees an improvement and Sebastian, who is driving today, is also happy. But we all have our feet on the ground, because we know the other teams aren’t sleeping.”
“It’s clear that Mercedes is there, but we have to concentrate on ourselves.
“At the moment we have a rough idea of our position relative to the opposition, but we know everyone follows different test programmes.
“Therefore, we are following ours, with concentration and discipline, which I believe are the keys to success.
“I have spoken to the team and I have made this clear.”
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