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F1: Comment on Ferrari: How bad is the team really?

How bad is the team really?

Ferrari is currently under criticism. Again and again they are accused of poor competitiveness. But is the criticism justified?

AThe AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT Facebook page has been around for days. Ferrari is at the center of the discussions – since it has been known that the oldest Formula 1 team and Sebastian Vettel will part ways. Ferrari is accused of inability by the German fans. Is this criticism justified?
What do the numbers say? Ferrari has been the most successful team in history since Jean Alesi led Ferrari to win McLaren in 1995 in Canada: 238 victories, 16 engineering and 15 driver titles. But certainly: What do yesterday’s successes count today? The here and now is particularly important in sports. Nobody is allowed to rest on old laurels.

But even now Ferrari is still the second best team. In other words, eight teams are worse, only one better. With all criticism of Ferrari, you should always keep that in mind.

Nevertheless, the criticism is justified. Ferrari has the largest budget in Formula 1 alongside Mercedes. At the latest since Toyota went bankrupt, we know that money is no guarantee of success in Formula 1. But money is a requirement. Ferrari has the best financial conditions for success. If this doesn’t happen, it’s because they make too many mistakes.

How bad is the Ferrari team really?

Even Red Bull currently has a budget around 100 million euros smaller than Ferrari. The Scuderia only has a real comparison that is fair. And that’s Mercedes. Ferrari has been looking bad in this comparison for six years. Basta.

This is of course also due to the structure of the team. In the era with Michael Schumacher it was constant: Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Jean Todt, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello – the racing team was one unit. Today the drivers are often longer at Ferrari than the team bosses. That is not a good sign and it is very different at Mercedes.

2021 will change a lot in Formula 1. Then the teams may only spend a maximum of 145 million euros. There will still be exceptions for driver salaries or marketing activities, for example, and the top teams will still have a lot more budget available than racing teams like Williams or Haas. But Ferrari will probably have to make do with at least 100 to 200 million euros less. Then efficiency is required – an area in which Ferrari was previously weak.

In the long term, the Ferrari advantage, which always guaranteed at least second place in the constructors’ championship, is also gone: the money advantage. Then Ferrari really has to show whether the Italians are a top team or whether the criticism of the fans is justified.

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