FER­RARI

F1 Racing (UK) - - FERRARI -

THE LEAN YEARS

Are the Scud­e­ria still in a trough or can

they come good? We com­pare their cur­rent run with pre­vi­ous bar­ren spells…

1965-1974

Sea­sons with­out a ti­tle: 10 Best con­struc­tors’ fin­ish: 2nd (3 times) Worst con­struc­tors’ fin­ish: 6th (once) Best driv­ers’ fin­ish: 2nd (3 times) Worst driv­ers’ fin­ish: 12th

Wins: 13 Other podi­ums: 41

Poles: 29 Fastest laps: 24 Num­ber of driv­ers: 18

1984-1998

Sea­sons with­out a ti­tle: 15 Best con­struc­tors’ fin­ish: 2nd (7 times) Worst con­struc­tors’ fin­ish: 4th (4 times) Best driv­ers’ fin­ish: 2nd (3 times) Worst driv­ers’ fin­ish: 7th (2 times)

Wins: 31 Other podi­ums: 105

Poles: 23 Fastest laps: 37 Num­ber of driv­ers: 11

2009-2015

Sea­sons with­out a ti­tle: 7 Best con­struc­tors’ fin­ish: 2nd (2 times) Worst con­struc­tors’ fin­ish: 4th (2 times) Best driv­ers’ fin­ish: 2nd (3 times) Worst driv­ers’ fin­ish: 6th (2 times)

Wins: 15 Other podi­ums: 59

Poles: 5 Fastest laps: 15 Num­ber of driv­ers: 6 in­au­gu­ra­tion, a long time af­ter they had left the team. Equally quiet was the launch of this year’s new For­mula 1 car, which was pre­sented to the pub­lic over the in­ter­net rather than with a fan­fare at the fac­tory. Mar­chionne hates cer­e­mony, pomp, and use­less words.

The new SF16-H is the fruit of Fer­rari’s re­vi­talised struc­ture, with all the right en­gi­neers fi­nally in all the right places. In to­tal, around a thou­sand peo­ple work in Fer­rari’s com­pe­ti­tions de­part­ment. There are some very well-known faces, such as se­nior per­for­mance en­gi­neer Jock Clear, who was pre­vi­ously race en­gi­neer to Lewis Hamil­ton at Mercedes, and oth­ers who are less ob­vi­ously well known, but still widely recog­nised in the world of motorsport engi­neer­ing.

And here’s a good ex­am­ple of how Fer­rari move qui­etly be­hind the scenes. Think back to 8 De­cem­ber last year, when Mercedes ac­cused their per­for­mance ap­pli­ca­tion team leader Ben­jamin Hoyle of at­tempt­ing to pass Brix­worth’s se­crets to Fer­rari. On Fer­rari’s part, there came a tren­chant and un­equiv­o­cal de­nial: “We have never con­tacted or sought to re­cruit Mr Hoyle.”

And that was ab­so­lutely true. Be­cause Fer­rari at the time, in a move wor­thy of Maradona, were busy se­cur­ing the ser­vices of another en­gine

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