Charles Leclerc (left) and Sebastian Vettel. Picture: TeamTalk
Ferrari chairman John Elkann has admitted that the enduring automobile producer’s System One workforce “isn’t aggressive” after a depressing begin to the 2020 season that has left them far behind dominant Mercedes.
“This yr, we aren’t aggressive primarily due to a collection of design errors within the automobile,” Elkann mentioned in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport printed on Tuesday.
“We had a collection of structural weaknesses which were round for a very long time, particularly in aerodynamics. We additionally misplaced engine energy. The truth is that our automobile isn’t aggressive. It has been seen on the monitor and it will likely be seen once more.”
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc completed second within the Austrian Grand Prix earlier this month, the primary race of a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, however it was already clear that the Scuderia’s automobile had issues.
Leclerc and teammate Sebastian Vettel then crashed into one another on the Styrian Grand Prix on the identical monitor per week later, earlier than the pair had been lapped by winner Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes in Hungary.
4-time world champion Vettel completed sixth on the Hungaroring whereas Leclerc was 11th, forcing workforce chief Mattia Binotto to confess he was not stunned after realising at pre-season testing that the SF1000 automobile was slower than hoped.
Leclerc has 18 factors from three races, already considerably behind Lewis Hamilton’s main 63-point haul, whereas Vettel has simply 9.
Ferrari final gained the F1 driver’s championship in 2007 and the constructors’ title a yr later, however Elkann, a part of Italy’s highly effective Agnelli household and chairman of Fiat Chrysler, says there may be purpose to be optimistic.
“We’re laying down the premise to be aggressive and begin profitable once more when the (technical) laws change in 2022,” he mentioned, including that he had “complete confidence in workforce principal Mattia Binotto.”
Elkann additionally defended the choice to not supply a brand new contract to Vettel and to construct round Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr, who will arrive in 2021, saying that “the brand new automobile will likely be born with them”.