Sebastian Vettel has downplayed Sergio Marchionne’s perceived criticism of Ferrari, saying “a little bit too much noise” is made about what he says.

Following a successful start to this year’s championship, Vettel and Ferrari have seen their hopes of a first Drivers’ title together implode since the summer break.

A lack of pace at Spa and Monza meant Lewis Hamilton was able to edge ahead in the standings while a crash in Singapore and engine reliability woes in Malaysia and Japan have all but sealed it.

After the latter two races, Marchionne hit out at Ferrari’s quality control, saying it made him very angry.

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