Ferrari F1 News: Team Boss Mattia Binotto has brought a statement of intent, stressing Ferrari is going to be an ever-present in F1, despite recent wobbles.
Scuderia Ferrari are currently going through a tumultuous period in Formula 1, languishing 6th in the overall Constructors’ Standings. You would have to go four decades back for the last time Ferrari were 6th or worse in the Championship. In 1980, Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve only managed a 10th spot in the final standings for the iconic team.
Ferrari have won 10 Championships since then, but are yet to win one since Kimi Raikkonen did so in 2008. The 40-year-old ‘Ice Man’ is more-often-than-not putting in more in his Alfa Romeo than the current Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.
This is a major course of concern for the leadership of Ferrari – past and present – something which Mattia Binotto has acknowledged. He sounds optimistic of turning things around, though, and also put water on any fears the ever-present Italian team will not continue in the sport.
“It is, of course, a very difficult period, but I think everyone at Ferrari still believes in F1 and it is very good to see that we are working so well together in this difficult year.”
“Ferrari has always been part of F1 and in the future Ferrari will be part of the sport for a long time to come.”
Binotto: “For 2021, a brand new engine will be there, we are working very hard on the dyno and we are developing it as much as we can. A few freedom on the aero next year too. Our objective is to make sure next year is a better season compared to the current one.”#Ferrari
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Formula 1 more competitive now – Binotto
Binotto also opined that F1 has become ultra-competitive now, with even teams like Racing Point and AlphaTauri not giving an inch. He went on to point out that both of their main rivals, Mercedes and Red Bull Racing, took time to feel themselves in the sport before dominating in the last decade.
“I think there is a lot more competition now. We have enormously strong opponents, so the level of organisation and development is much higher. It took Ferrari six years with Schumacher to do that and Red Bull Racing and Mercedes also needed time to become dominant.”
This statement, though, does not take away the fact that Ferrari are not showing even an iota of competitiveness. Just because there is more competition, it doesn’t allow a team like Ferrari to find themselves in the bottom half of the races, and the table.