Arrivabene: 'No plans to leave F1 for Juventus'

Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal.
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Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has refuted media speculation that he's planning to quit Formula 1 at the end of the season.

Arrivabene has recently been linked with a management role at the Juventus football club. It had been suggested that he might decide to depart Ferrari if this year's championship campaign once again falls short.

Ferrari had been looking favourites to take both the driver and constructors titles this year, and appeared to finally have the upper hand over Mercedes.

But in recent races the balance of power has shifted and the Silver Arrows have moved into a strong lead in both championships.

Arrivabene has only five races remaining to turn the situation around. If he can't, he may decide to go - or else be asked to move on by the new management at the team's parent company.

But the 61-year-old denied such reports and said he had no plans to transfer full-time to a new senior role at Juventus.

"I am at Ferrari and my future will be here," he told during the unveiling of Ferrari’s new livery at the Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am a member of the board of director of Juventus and I am honoured to have this position in the club," he continued.

"I hope my nomination for the new board of directors will be accepted, but my job remains here in Ferrari.”

Arrivabene has been a member of Juventus Board of Directors since 2012. He has close ties to both John Elkann and Andrea Agnelli.

It had been suggested that he was in line to replace Giuseppe 'Beppe' Marotta as the club’s General Director.

Reports said that he was shortlisted as one of nine candidates for the role.

But this week he appeared to firmly rule out any such move.

Heading into this weekend's race, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is currently 50 points behind title leader Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship.

And Ferrari itself trails Mercedes by 53 points in the constructors standings.

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