‘What Sense Does It Make?’: Piero Ferrari Points Out a Flaw in F1

Published 03/01/2021, 6:45 AM EST
SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


The Vice President of the Scuderia, Piero Ferrari, has spoken about some secrets that the grid holds that the viewers can’t make out while viewing from the screen. He also comments that the feeling of a Formula One car can’t be experienced on video.

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However, it is no secret that the Italian team suffered a horrendous 2020 season; they finished 6th in the constructors and earned 131 points. Fortunately, the team has learned from the lessons and plan to improve ahead of the upcoming season.

The lackluster power unit and unstable chassis were the root cause for Ferrari not having a great campaign in 2020. The team have restructured themselves for 2021 and brought in Sainz to help them fight for the title.

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16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF1000, action during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya on February 28, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ferrari boss claims that F1 can’t give you the same thrill from the screen

Piero Ferrari told Motorsport, “Look, the discourse is broader: with the effects of the pandemic it is not possible to follow F1 except through television. We are racing the fastest single-seaters in history, but the images that come to us from the TV fail to give those sensations that you experience when you are on the circuit and the perceived is the real one.

Sure, because some ideas are covered by patents. We spend terrifying amounts and then keep everything under wraps. Can you explain to me what sense does it make? “

16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF1000, action during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He added, “What reaches the people, the fans, is something different. These are F1s that go over 330 km / h, but looking at them on video you don’t have the feeling of a different speed than in a Formula 2 race. Which contribute little to the show and with this they are not among those opposed to technological research, on the contrary.” ( translated via Google)

Ahead of every season teams unveil the car that they put on the grid for the following season, hence to remove any chance of being copied by a rival team they usually leave out certain details till the opening race of the season. Scuderia will showcase what they have built for the new year but will hide the crucial details so the competition doesn’t get any idea.

A point to prove for Scuderia

Ferrari had endured one of their worst seasons in F1 since 1980- the team had a lack of wins and podiums and hence finished in the mid-table of the constructors championship.

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The Maranello-based team brought in Carlos Sainz from Mclaren to help them restore honor at the Tifosi. Sainz and Leclerc will be responsible for getting Ferrari to the front of the grid as they prepare for the new year.

CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN – Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during day seven of F1 Winter Testing. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Italian team will have their second launch on March 10, which will unveil their car for 2021. They remain to be optimistic for the upcoming campaign and hope to provide a car to their drivers to help them with their fight on the track.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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