TEAM PROFILE FERRARI
Ferrari emerged as a serious threat to Mercedes last season, only to fumble late on with poor reliability and that crash on the opening lap of the Singapore GP. Can they threaten Mercedes this year?
Name Scuderia Ferrari Address Via Abetone Inferiore n. 4, I-41053, Maranello (MO), Italy Chassis SF71-H Power unit Ferrari Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene Technical director Mattia Binotto
First GP Monaco 1950 Races started 949 Wins 229 Poles 213 Fastest laps 244 Points 7,182.5 Drivers’ titles 15 Constructors’ titles 16
2017 Championship Position 2nd Points 522 Wins/podiums 5/15 Poles 5 Fastest laps 7 Races in points 19
F1 RACING SAYS...
Ferrari’s bid to challenge Mercedes for both titles in 2017 started so well. After three victories from the first six races, Sebastian Vettel held a 25-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, while Ferrari edged Mercedes in the constructors’ championship. And despite the embarrassing low of Azerbaijan, Vettel entered the summer break with his lead intact. But then came the disastrous Asian leg of the championship, with technical problems and driver errors combining to give Hamilton a clear run to the finish. A quality control specialist was brought in over the winter to get on top of the issues and oversee a renewed effort.
OUR TIP: Ferrari will win more races but once again will fall short of the holy grail of the title.