Ferrari's Arrivabene holding on to title hopes


Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is nowhere near ready to concede the Drivers' title to Lewis Hamilton after the team's disastrous race weekend in Singapore.

The Scuderia left Marina Bay with a double DNF - the first since the 2015 Mexican GP for the House of Maranello - but the painful result won't erode the Italian team's confidence or hopes.

"That was very disappointing and it was definitely not the result we were expecting," said Arrivabene.

"But it doesn't mean that the battle is all over, just that it has become more difficult.

"We are very disappointed for our fans, but we will be back. We proved that we have an excellent car and two great drivers.

"All of us, those in Singapore and those working back in Maranello, we all have the Prancing Horse stamped on our hearts.

"We guarantee that we will be fighting right to the final corner of the very last Grand Prix of the year."

Sebastian Vettel now trails Hamilton in the championship standings by 28 points with six races remaining.

The German driver has a good reason to remain hopeful however. In 2010, racing for Red Bull, he trailed Lewis Hamilton by 31 points with six rounds to go, but overhauled the McLaren driver to win the title by four points.

He did even better in 2012 when he overcame a 41-point deficit to beat Fernando Alonso by three points.

Never rule out the combative Vettel. Never.

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