Since Sergio Marchionne came in the front door of Ferrari with his +4 Vorpal Axe of Unyielding, the ranks have been thinned with the firing of top management and team bosses. One of those unfortunate folks is former chief engineer Luca Baldisserri who said:
“Unfortunately, neither (chairman Sergio) Marchionne nor (team principal Maurizio) Arrivabene have racing experience, a culture that has been lost at the top of the team,” he told Italy’s Corriere dello Sport newspaper.
“They are no longer a team but a group of scared people,” he added. “Inside there is a climate of fear, the boys do not take risks, they don’t make decisions for fear of being kicked out in disgrace.”
It seems to former Scuderia team member feels that Ferrari are living their lives in fear and that, as you know, is a life half lived. Talk of unrest in the Vettel relationship has surfaced and while I do not place a lot of stock in that, it does make you wonder why Fernando Alonso left his contract early.
While I think Sebastian Vettel is doing the best he can, if not pushing the limits a little too hard, it is ultimately the car that is not where it should be. Kimi Raikkonen is doing better and the car seems to suit his driving style much better this season than last.
Something tells me that Marchionne is a CEO who is putting a lot of pressure on Ferrari to win and Arrivabene is trying the best he can but next year could be a serious reality check for the entire team, including leadership.
Large regulation changes are sometimes opportunities for teams to make be gains in performance advantage over others but there isn’t a massive engine regulation change so much as there is a large chassis change. Will Ferrari be able to make the most of this and get back to winning?
They face seriously stiff competition from Mercedes and Red Bull—two teams that know how to build a chassis. Time will tell but the fear the team may be living in could be the fear the new leaders begin feeling as well if they don’t hit the mark in 2017.
Hat Tip: Reuters