Ferrari and F1 are conjoined twins, undisputedly inseparable from each other since 1950s. However, the top boss of the world’s most glamorous racing sport, Bernie Ecclestone hasn’t been very impressed by the run of events demonstrated by Ferrari this season.
And why should he– the team has failed to win a single race in 2016, failing to third position in the overall constructor’s standings.
For now, it seems the F1 aristocrat has the answer to end Ferrari’s woes. Shed the Italian skin, and do what Mercedes did with its team is the message from Ecclestone.
Given the kind of success that follows, Ecclestone’s comments and feedbacks are always considered as talisman in the sport, helping average teams to compete against the “Giants”. Only this time, the public pep-talk is for the most coveted F1 constructor.
Glued to its Maranello ancestry, Ferrari is evidently finding it tough to find a balance on the tracks and pits.
However, Bernie Ecclestone believes that the only reason behind it all is that Ferrari team management this season under Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has failed to “evolve” with time, and going back to where it was last decade. Ecclestone recounted the instances where Ferrari “fixed” races to push Schumacher in Driver’s Championship.
Last month, Arrivabene ridiculed 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel for his lack of ambition to grab podium finish. According to a report in BBC, Arrivabene was quoted as saying that Vettel needs to earn the “right place” after 2017 season when his contract ends with Ferrari.
The comment followed the champion driver’s sensational first-corner crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Unable to live up to the Italian sentiments, both drivers have been aborted mid-track in most races, due to technical snags and questionable strategy calls from the pit.
Earlier this year, Bernie Ecclestone had requested Mercedes to free Hamilton and Roseberg from any pre-planned strategy favoring any particular driver, as reported in The Telegraph.
In 2017, where major amendments are on their way, will Ferrari succumb, or will it really shed its Italian skin?
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