Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has revealed his motivation to get his team back to the top.
The Italian took over following the resignation of former boss Stefano Domenicali earlier the week, after the poor performance of the Ferrari team under his guidance.
But despite Mattiacci's relatively unknown status, he is adamant he can prove he is the right man to lead the team.
"It is very motivating for me,” said the 42-year-old.
"Sometimes you can bring a new perspective in looking at issues and opportunities. The fact I need to prove I am at the level of Ferrari first, and the level of Formula One, so you have in front of you an extremely motivated person."
Ferrari have had a sluggish start to the season to say the least with just 33 points coming from the first three races. But Mattiacci is focused on improving the results and knows that there is a long way to go in the season.
"We're not going to give up. Our goal is to close the gap as much as we can to the leaders, which is Mercedes, which is not an easy task. You all know racing better than me, that there are many variables that can influence a lap, a race and a championship. This is the fourth race and still very early to make decisions."
When asked about restructuring the Ferrari team, the Italian was in full support of the current outfit he has and defended their abilities.
"It's too early for me to make such statements. I can tell you I have worked at Ferrari for 14 years, and in the last four days in Maranello we have an amazing group of talented people. We have a history, a pedigree, that is unique, a pride that is impressive, and we will react, but to talk about restructuring is too early.
"Mr di Montezemolo is extremely focused on giving any type of support to the team, and if needed, to go into the market. But only to go into the market if you believe there will be added value and an impact on this team."
Mattiacci has admitted that he has spoken to the man he has replaced as Ferrari boss, saying:
“Stefano is a great person, he's a friend of mine and we spent Saturday a few hours together, Monday we spent the entire day together. Stefano is a person that I have the utmost respect for; first as a human being and second as a professional. So it was natural for us to discuss this outside the roles.”
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