Managing a team with a rich history and legacy is never a straightforward task. Especially when the hopes of an entire nation weigh your shoulders down. Scuderia Ferrari is more than a team to some people- it is an emotion and a matter of pride.
And it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that something is just not clicking at Ferrari right now. There are gaps in the trifecta of management, cars, and drivers.
The position of Team Principal is under utmost scrutiny when the going gets tough. And former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali concurs.
Speaking in an interview, he was quoted as saying, “I can assure you from my own experience that a Ferrari team boss is under a lot of pressure and that it is very intense.
“You can imagine hearing everyone’s opinion after a race on Monday morning, because everyone knows better than you. If you win that is normal. If you finish second it is a disaster. There is little nuance in between.
“But that’s part of it, you know that. As a Ferrari team boss, you have to be strong and react appropriately, every time.” (translated from Google Translate)
Current Team Principal Mattia Binotto is not a newbie in the racing circuit. Having been with Ferrari for just about 25 years now, he knows the pressure inside out. Even when he became Team Principal in 2019, race wins and podiums were common.
However, after the suspected settlement with FIA in March 2020, things have gone downhill.
In the 9 races that have taken place so far, Ferrari cars, in general, have made it to the podium twice – courtesy of Charles Leclerc. Technical failures have caused more retirements than they would have liked.
And even as the car is pushed to the limit, it somehow eventually lacks power and race pace. The Prancing Stallion will look to their gaffer in the hopes of digging a way out of this grave, and fast.
If not, it may be time for a change in the scene.