Ferrari Insider Claims Interim CEO John Elkann ‘Does Not Like Racing’

Published 01/20/2021, 7:22 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Ferrari appointed John Philip Jacob Elkann as their chairman after Sergio Marchionne in 2018. Ferrari F1 team did not perform up to the expectations in 2020. Elkann then became Ferrari’s temporary CEO after Louis Camilleri left his job, surprisingly.

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In an interview with Elkann, Leo Turrini pointed out an interesting fact about him. The reporter, known for his close relationship with Ferrari, stated that Elkann does not have any interest in racing and evaluated Ferrari’s significant downfall.

He said, “The current situation is the result of the mistakes Ferrari has made in the last decade. But Binotto definitely needs to do something about it. It’s absolutely not right to scapegoat Binotto, though.”

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“John Elkann doesn’t like racing, and he has a right to it. If he chooses the right assistants to make up for his lack of racing passion, he can still be a good president,” he further added.

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Ferrari is going through turmoil at the moment. Ever since the 2019 technical regulations that castrated Ferrari’s power unit, the F1 team has struggled on the grid. The Maranello team scored 504 points and finished P2 in 2019. However, the team struggled significantly this season, they could only manage 131 points and finished P6 in the championship standings.

After such an underwhelming 2020 season, Louis Camilleri left his position at Ferrari. The team has since been looking to make changes to improve their performance. There are rumors Jean Todt will replace that Elkann soon. However, Turrini disagrees that the current Ferrari CEO will be replaced.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

“You should never say never, but if it happens, I would be very surprised. He worked for Ferrari for 15 years, earned everything he could earn, became a very rich man and a famous person, and he is not getting younger anymore. So why return to Italy?” he said.

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The Maranello team recorded their worst performance this season since 1980. They will enter the grid with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc this season. Meanwhile, the team will focus on improving their management and hopefully help the team climb the championship standing. How long do you think it’ll take for Ferrari to get back on top of the podium again?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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