Alonso Pins Blame on Ferrari’s Short Term Thinking for Lack of Titles for Him & Vettel

Published 10/16/2021, 8:28 AM EDT
MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Ferrari has been a historic part of Formula 1. The iconic red car has been synonymous with championships and victories for years on end. However, the last time the Scuderia were champions was 14 years ago. The team had champions competing for them; however, both couldn’t replicate their results in the team. Fernando Alonso, a double champion when arriving at Ferrari, shared his thoughts on the team.

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Alonso had found his crown with Renault; two wonderful seasons with the team gave Alonso his rightful place as champion.

But when Sebastian Vettel was behind the Red Bull wheel, the Spaniard faced competition. The two had many duels together, especially in 2010. Alonso was defending his title in his first year with Ferrari. However, Vettel reigned victorious that season and the following three.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Vettel also left his championship-winning team to go to Ferrari; the German had left his title-winning car behind at Milton Keynes. Looking back at the odd streak with the two drivers, Alonso explained Ferrari’s plight.

“We both tried it with Ferrari. Sometimes we came close to winning, but we didn’t make it. Maybe Ferrari wasn’t ready to be world champion again in my and Sebastian’s time.” (Translated via Google Translate)

However, Alonso also acknowledges that the Rossa is in a different trajectory today.

“Now they have changed the way they plan and the expectations are no longer so high, as they race with young riders. Now they think more about the long term and not the short term anymore.”

Ferrari over the ages

Fernando Alonso hit the nail on the head with his analysis of the team. Ferrari is one of the most decorated and celebrated teams in the sport. The last Ferrari champion was Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. In 2008, the team won the constructors’ championship by 26 points. However, within two years, the team saw themselves on a downward slope.

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A small peak in 2013 was all the team had, as Mercedes soon took over the sport, slowly but surely; by 2016, Red Bull further ruined the team’s chances of another title. Ever since Ferrari has had various problems and is a comparatively uncompetitive machine.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and drivers during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

However, the 2021 team seems to be the team’s saving grace. Not only has the car improved, but the Charles Leclerc- Carlos Sainz dynamic is perfect for the team. In addition to being young drivers, the duo has the caliber to push the team forward.

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Further, the Prancing Horses have made major strides for the 2022 season. While the sun rises on the Italian outfit; now, the team is ready to take back their crown.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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