Former Ferrari President Blames Poor Management for Dismal F1 Form

Published 01/29/2021, 4:26 AM EST
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)


Following last season’s disappointment, Ferrari now intend to bounce back stronger in 2021. Having finished 6th in the standings, the Italian motorsport giants have made a few changes to their car.

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But despite the efforts invested, former Ferrari President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo believes last season was disastrous for the team. He also believes that the team is not ‘organized properly’ and that it cannot be changed within a year.

Speaking to Bild Sport, and as quoted by FormulaPassion, he stated, “Ferrari’s 2020 championship was a disaster. In the past, even third place was considered a failure for Ferrari.” (translated from Google Translate)

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Ferrari used to look for faults and hire the best talents for problem areas, says Montezemolo

The problems started creeping in for Ferrari shortly after they had to make changes to their power units in 2019. Since then, the competitive performances on track have been unimpressive, leading to their final position of 6th in 2020.

Montezemolo continued, “We used to look for our faults and hire the best talents for positions in problem areas, whether it was aerodynamics, electronics, mechanics.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

“Now the Scuderia is not organized properly and this cannot be changed in a year. Now a person is responsible for everything, but I hope he will soon find someone who can help him,” concluded Montezemolo.

Can 2021 be a season of recovery for the ‘Prancing Horse’?

One of the major issues Ferrari faced last year was their lack of horsepower to edge the closer battles in the races. Whilst they had decent free practice sessions, qualifying did not go per expectations for the team.

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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 qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

That translated on the track, when fighting with midfield rivals, who possessed better power units. Despite Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel’s efforts, they would get overtaken in the latter stages of Grands Prix.

Hence, building a much faster car will be a good starting point for Ferrari in 2021. If they can do that, there is no reason Ferrari cannot restore their former glory in the long run.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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