Former Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo believes the team’s real problems are within the organization and not the drivers.
Montezemolo predicts a difficult year for the prancing horses next season if it’s still stuck with an uncompetitive car. The Italian also sympathized with Team Principal Mattia Binotto over the team’s struggles.
2020 has been a difficult year for the Scuderia. The team started the year off with a controversial settlement with the FIA, had an underwhelming preseason testing, and grappled with Coronavirus.
All these reasons played a major role in which crippling the team’s operations to a great extent.
But the misery didn’t end there. Before the season began, Ferrari split with its star driver Sebastian Vettel. At the time, Vettel’s exit from Ferrari seemed like a mutual decision with both parties calling it quits.
As we know now, Ferrari never made the German a contract in the first place. Vettel’s public admission over his exit caused a small storm. Subsequently, a huge faction of fans started questioning the Italian team’s treatment of their drivers.
One would think Ferrari’s troubles end there, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. The 2020 Ferrari car, the SF1000, is a colossal failure. As the team regroups to find a fix, Ferrari now competes in races as a midfield team.
Team Principal Mattia Binotto acknowledged the problems with the team but hinted that a fix would take some time.
Montezemolo, who worked for the Maranello-based outfit for over two decades, highlighted the real issues.
“This season is lost, but I’m also concerned about the next few years. Ferrari management must take bold decisions immediately. Today’s problems are due to the organization. One person has a lot of responsibility.
“Team boss Mattia Binotto is alone at the top and has to take care of the pilots. The organization has to be changed immediately. If the car is not gets better, the next year will be even worse for Ferrari.
“Now the pressure on teammate Charles Leclerc is even greater. We must not forget that he is very young, that he has only been with Ferrari since last year and has won nothing.
“Ferrari’s problems are not the drivers, but the car, that is not competitive.”