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Sebastian Vettel reacts to reports of Ferrari making organisational changes

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Sebastian Vettel insists that Ferrari aren’t planning on a big shake-up to its organisation following two weeks of frustrating form out on the track, despite suggestions from president Sergio Marchionne that the opposite could be the case.

Engine trouble and bad luck have thwarted both Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen over the last two F1 weekends.

Both drivers were wiped out on the first lap of the Singapore Grand Prix, and in Malaysia, a problem with the engine prevented Vettel from completing a timed lap in qualifying and Raikkonen from taking the start in the race.

This now leaves Vettel 34 points behind front-runner Lewis Hamilton, as well as leaving Ferrari a huge 118 points adrift of leaders Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship.

Following the Malaysian Grand Prix, Marchionne suggested that Ferrari were going to be “making some organisational changes”, but when asked about this comment, Sebastian Vettel insisted that his president’s words had been taken out of context and stressed that Ferrari weren’t going to panic about the situation.

The German said: “I heard that as well, not from him, but from the press so I’m not sure it’s put in the right context.

“But what happens on track, happens on track. The thing that happened in Singapore, I don’t think you can take much action.

“We had a problem in Malaysia that stopped myself and Kimi. So it is normal you try to understand things and it’s normal we have a shift in people. But knowing what is going on internally, there is no panic, no big plans as a reaction.

“Maybe it is more a coincidence of events with the interview, but as far as I know nothing big happens.”

The 30-year-old also maintained that his team had ‘a good understanding’ of the engine problems and that they would be addressed and sorted in the near future.

“We have a good understanding (of the problem) but it is still ongoing to try and understand the picture completely.

“It’s only been a couple of days, so parts went back to understand and get a full picture but I’m pretty sure here shouldn’t be an issue.”

Raikkonen was adamant that the problem had been identified and fixed, adding: “It’s been understood what failed, and obviously it’s been fixed.

“Nobody can promise that it won’t happen again, but I really doubt that it will happen again. You never know.”

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