THE LEAN YEARS
Are the Scuderia still in a trough or can
they come good? We compare their current run with previous barren spells…
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
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
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