Monza, Italy - Mercedes is struggling to cope with being outperformed and beaten on the track, says Ferrari team chief Maurizio Arrivabene.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s emotionally-charged Italian Grand Prix on his team’s home circuit, Arrivabene stoked up the rivalry and tensions between the two top teams, after his team showed its comprehensive power and straight-line speed advantage when Sebastian Vettel stormed to victory in last Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, beating defending champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes into a distant second place by 11 seconds.
"They are not used to this," said Arrivabene. "We were silent. We took punches left and right and we got up...We are used to it and they are not."
His comments came in reference to Hamilton's suggestion that Ferrari's cars had "tricky" parts to assist their performance-setting speed. Hamilton explained that he was not suggesting that there was anything illegal or irregular being used by Ferrari.
"I read many articles that talk about our guys who work so well on the car, but then, in the team, I remind everyone that we are not ahead, that we are chasing and so we must keep our heads down."