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Arrivabene: Ferrari doesn't need revolution despite paying heavy fee

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene believes that sorting small details will be enough to help his team deliver the Formula 1 world championship, having paid "a heavy fee" in 2017

After pushing Mercedes hard for the title for much of this year, Ferrari's campaign fell apart after Sebastian Vettel crashed in Singapore and then suffered engine problems in Malaysia and Japan.

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said his team had paid the price for "ignoring" quality controls and the failures prompted speculation of big changes at the team.

Marchionne later said singling out Arrivabene or technical director Mattia Binotto would be "idiotic", and Arrivabene said at the Mexican GP that not much needs to change for Ferrari.

"It's a question sometimes of adjustment, it's not a question of revolution," said Arrivabene.

"It's a question of adjustment because this year we pay a heavy fee for detail, and we need to be a bit more focused on the processes.

"We need to be more focused in other areas, but the good positive is that this is a team that is not giving up and it's learning from mistakes.

"It's a team that is fully committed, not only for next year but even for the next three races because as I've said many, many times, we like to fight until the last lap, the last race, and the last turn."

Despite its world championship hopes being all but over, Arrivabene still sees plenty of positives to take away from the season.

Vettel has won four races, Ferrari's best haul since the 2010 season.

"We have a lot of positives in all honesty because I saw quite a young team working very very well on the car here and in Maranello," he said.

"The guys are very united, they are exchanging information, they are very focused, they are quite young so no one was expecting the performance that we have this year.

"Mattia is leading the technical [department] properly. He knows, deeper and deeper, the Ferrari [way of working] and together we are exchanging our opinion, information.

"He's got his engineering point of view, I've got a different point of view but we are always very well aligned.

"So representing him here, together with the racing team, I have to say I saw many positives this year.

"Unfortunately we lost a key opportunity due to a small detail related to a technical issue that we have mainly from a supplier, but sometimes it is in the detail.

"It's another lesson learned and we are looking forward to the future, to do better and better and better."

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