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Formula 1 – Berger: “Too many Italians at Ferrari”

Berger: “Too many Italians at Ferrari”

Double failure for Ferrari, of all things, at the Formula 1 home game in Monza: The structure of the team is not right for DTM boss Gerhard Berger.

I.Italian mechanics belt out the Italian national anthem in Monza. It is the dream scenario of the Tifosi, the Italian fans. But the podium at the GP Italy 2020 had a blemish. There is no Ferrari driver at the top of the podium, but Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly.
Worse still: Ferrari had long since packed up: Sebastian Vettel’s brake failure on lap six, a driving error by Charles Leclerc only a little later, provoked by an inoperable car and stubborn rear end. Both SF1000 jacks. The first double failure at the home race in the Autodromo Nazionale since 1995. At that time, a torn onboard camera was a national disaster. It had broken away from Jean Alesis Ferrari and paralyzed Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari. Then the cable that had wrapped around Alesi’s rear axle also forced the French to give up. However: at that time both red racers were in the lead, on Sunday they were not even in the top ten. And what does the team leader say? Mattia Binotto lives in his own bubble: “I said last time that we have no crisis. I confirm that: It is not the case. The conclusion today is: We ended a difficult weekend badly.”

“Ferrari has to get the best”

Ex-Ferrari driver and current DTM boss Gerhard Berger.

For Gerhard Berger, the blame for the misery, of all places, before the 1000th Ferrari GP in Mugello next weekend, lies in the structure of the team. “Since my time at Ferrari things have gone up steeply,” explains the DTM boss in AvD Motorsport Magazin. “The time with Michael Schumacher was unbelievable. But there was also a good group with Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and Michael. I think that Ferrari fell into this wishful thinking again afterwards: We want to win the championship with Italians. Success would have landed in Italy anyway, because Ferrari is an Italian team. But for the team you have to get the best, worldwide. Ferrari did that back then. Bringing them back together will take some time. Maybe not ten years, but three for sure. “

Sebastian Vettel would no longer benefit from it. He is leaving the Scuderia at the end of the year and does not want to get involved in discussions about the structure of the team. “The drop sucked for me,” he says. It is not yet clear how the Hessian will continue. Meanwhile, Berger hopes that he will still find a cockpit in Formula 1. Sebastian is a four-time world champion. You have to keep seeing him in Formula 1 because he still has all the skills to be up front. You have to let him decide whether he still wants to fight. But there is hardly anyone who does not go through such phases in their career. That is also part of it. ”

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