Former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo has criticized the team’s leadership and management structure as the team struggles to find a new team principal.
Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari has turned out to be a tough year for the Italian team, who have been unable to maximize the performance of their F1-75.
Ferrari appeared to be in control of the F1 championship in the early stages with two wins in the first three races as Red Bull faced serious reliability issues.
Unfortunately for the Scuderia, there has been a catastrophic collapse in terms of strategy, reliability and overall performance.
As the season progressed, the team’s traditional limiting factors reappeared, undoing the improvements made at the factory over the winter.
As quoted by Formulapassion.it, Luca di Montezemolo has expressed his sadness over the team’s current situation.
“The situation at Ferrari makes me very uncomfortable and worried.
“But in moments like this, I really love Ferrari so I don’t want to comment.
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“Unfortunately, it seems like a company without a leader and no leadership.”
It is important not to overstate the dire nature of Ferrari’s situation. The Maranello team still has all the ingredients to succeed in F1.
Ferrari has the combination of investments, infrastructure, sponsorships and drivers needed to compete on the front line.
Despite the apparent failure of these conversions due to their championship success, the team is, at least in theory, close to rediscovering their former glory.
But these positives perhaps highlight a cause for concern within the Ferrari camp.
Ferrari could take some comfort in having the foundation they need to win the championship, but this ultimately eliminates any justification for a disastrous 2022 campaign.
A new team principal could have a positive impact on the team next season, but there are also legitimate concerns that major internal changes will continue.
This internal restructuring could derail Ferrari’s progress towards 2023, so the transition period over the next few months will be crucial.
In any case, it seems likely that the fear and uncertainty surrounding the Italian national team will continue.