Ferrari CEO Promises to End a Common Practice Within the F1 Team

Published 09/06/2020, 4:06 AM EDT


For the first time since 1984, Ferrari failed to get even a single car into Q3 at Monza. Their struggles in qualifying only amplified the focus on the shambolic season they are having.

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The pressure on the Scuderia has been mounting for a long time now, with many fans demanding Team Principal Mattia Binotto’s head.

However, Louis Camilleri, CEO of Ferrari, is not ready to budge on his decision and is sold on giving Binotto his complete and seemingly undying support.

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He, instead, wants to change the team’s policy in regard to giving people a proper chance to succeed rather than firing them at the drop of a hat.

Camilleri, who himself has only been in the role of CEO for a year and a half, said that he wanted to put a stop to the “revolving door atmosphere” at Ferrari. He firmly believes that Binotto is the right man to lead the Scuderia forward.

In an interview with the New York Times, he said(via Formula1.com), “I have total confidence in Mattia Binotto and the team. The results aren’t there to prove what I am saying but these things take time. Regretfully in the past, there has been too much pressure and a history of letting people go. And I’m putting a stop to that.”

Camilleri wants to ensure that there is a sense of stability in the team. He is well aware of the intense pressure that rests on the team’s shoulders, courtesy of the fans and the Italian media, but “Calling for heads to roll” is not the solution.

Ferrari CEO gives a damning verdict for the team’s hopes in 2021

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Camilleri was very straightforward and honest in admitting that next year won’t be any different from 2020. He  simply said, “The situation cannot improve in 2021.” 

However, Camilleri was far more optimistic about the Prancing Stallion’s chances come 2022. “For 2022, the new regulations come into play. And every time there has been a huge revolution in terms of the technical framework, it can change the pecking order.

“We have the talent, work ethic, and determination to get there. I’m confident we will be up there battling again.”

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While there may be a silver lining coming up in the future, 2020 and 2021 will be years of hard toil. Currently, the least that they can do is manage to get into the Top-10 on a regular basis.

Scrutiny from the fans and the media is not going to go away very soon. But they’ll just have to get used to it and cope with it until the dawn of a better day.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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