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Ferrari

FIA Entry: Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Drivers Car 5: Fernando Alonso
Car 6: Felipe Massa
Engine: Ferrari V8
Chairman: Luca di Montezemolo
Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali
Technical Director: Aldo Costa
Race Engineer Car 5: Andrea Stella
Race Engineer Car 6: Rob Smedley

Stats as of end 2010 Season

First Entered: 1950
Races Entered: 813
Race Wins: 215
Pole Positions: 205
Fastest Laps: 224
Driver World Championships: 15
Constructor World Championships: 16

Team History

Ferrari are the only team to have taken part in the F1 World Championship since it's inception in 1950. They are synonymous with F1 and, for many, the reason why they follow the sport. Ferrrai fans, or Tifosi, have clubs across the World and can be see supporting their beloved red cars from China to Brazil.

Pre-War

Enzo Ferrari founded Scuderia (Italian for Stable) Ferrari in 1929 as the race entrants for Alfa Romeo. In 1938 Alfa decided to create their own race team and Scuderia Ferrari became part of the Alfa Course team. Disagreeing with the decision Enzo Ferrari was dismissed. As part of his contract he wasn't allowed to enter motor sport under his own name for 4 years. Ferrari started to build his own car in 1939 but the start of WWII meant the Ferrari factory was used for other purposes

Before the World Championships

The first racing Ferrari was the Tipo 125 with a 12 cylinder 1.5 litre engine developed in 1947. This was the first car to bear the now legendary Ferrari name. In 1948 the 125 F1 was built with a supercharged version of the 12 cylinder engine which won 5 Grands Prix in 1949.

The 1950's

Ferrari missed the first race of the first World Championship season with their first entry being at Monaco with the 125 F1. The first V12 powered Ferrari appeared at the Belgian Grand Prix that year and Ascari finished 5th.

Ferrari's first F1 win came at the British Grand Prix in 1951 with the Tipo 375 in the hands of Froilan Gonzales. With F1 run to F2 regulations in 1952 and '53, causing the withdrawal of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari dominated and Alberto Ascari in the Tipo 500, with a 4 cylinder 2 litre engine, won the Drivers World Championship both years.

1954 saw the introduction of the 2.5 litre formula and Ferrari had new competition from Maserati, Lancia and Mercedes. The new Mercedes team were too strong and Ferrari could only manage two races wins.

Ferrari only won one race in 1955 and for 1956 used chassis bought from the now defunct Lancia team. With Mercedes withdrawal Fangio moved to Ferrari and duly won his 3rd consecutive championship. Still using the ageing Lancia chassis in in 1957 Ferrari failed to win a race. 1958 saw Mike Hawthorn win the Drivers Championship in the new 246 Dino, named after Enzo Ferrari's recently deceased son. Ferrari missed out to Vanwall in the inaugural year of the Constructors Championship.

1959 saw Tony Brooks, in the Top 246 just miss out on the Drivers Championship to Jack Brabham in a rear engined Cooper.

The 1960's

Slow to react the the obvious advantages of the rear engined cars Ferrari continued with the 246 in 1960 and only managed a single victory.

For 1961 engines sizes were limited to 1.5 litres and Ferrari entered their first rear engined car, the Tipo 156. Based on the previous years F2 car Phil Hill took the Drivers Championship and Ferrari their first Constructors title. With little development to the 156 Ferrari failed to win a race in 1962.

In a season dominated by Jim Clark and Lotus, John Surtees put Ferrari back in the winners circle in 1963 with a win Germany following the introduction of the "Aero" 156 semi-monocoque car. With 3 wins in 1964 Surtees won the Drivers titles by a single point from Graham Hill in the last race of the season and Ferrari took their 2nd constructors title.

Clark and Lotus dominated again in 1965 and Ferrari couldn't compete against the British Garagerists. The new 3 litre engine regulations for 1966 proved more successful and John Surtees won in Belgium and Mexico to take 2nd place in the Drivers Championship. The Tipo 312 didn't do well for Ferrari in 1967 with a highest position of 3rd. Jacky Ickx managed a single win for the Scuderia in 1968 at the French Grand Prix. Continuing with the 312 into 1969 Ferrari again had a barren year.

The 1970's

With Ickx back at Ferrari for 1970 and a with B spec version of the 312 Ferrari won four races, three for Ickx and one for young Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni, in his début year in F1. Ickx finished 2nd in the Drivers Championship to Jochen Rindt, F1's first posthumous World Champion, and Ferrari managed the same position in the constructors title race.

Ickx and Mario Andretti won races in 1971 but the season was dominated by Jackie Stewart and his Tyrrell car. Ickx won a single race in 1972 but, as the team continued with the 312B, they were outpaced but Lotus and Tyrrell in 1973.

A young Austrian driver by the name of Niki Lauda was partnered with Regazzoni for 1974 and the team regrouped under the leader ship of Luca di Montezemolo. Lauda won his first race, and Ferrari’s first win since 1972, in Spain. Lauda won again in Holland and Regazzoni in Germany to place Ferrari 2nd in the constructors championship.

Ferrari’s decision to sign Lauda was justified in 1975 as he won the Drivers with some ease, taking 5 race wins. Regazzoni also won the Italian Grand Prix and Ferrari won the Constructors title.

Lauda missed out on the drivers title by a single point to James Hunt in 1976. His season was "interrupted" by an horrific crash at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring which nearly cost the Austrian his life. Astonishingly Lauda only missed two races but retired at the last race of the season believing the soaking conditions to dangerous to race in. Ferrari won the constructors title.

Lauda was Champion again in 1977 but left the team before the end of the season unhappy at the team's decision to run a 3rd car for Gilles Villeneuve at the Canadian Grand Prix.

For 1978 Ferrari paired Villeneuve alongside Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann. The 312T3, with it's flat 12 engine, wasn't ideal for the new "wing" car technology but Reutemann still managed 4 race wins and Villeneuve took a début win at his home race in Canada.

Reutemann was replaced by Jody Scheckter for 1979 and with the 312 now in T4 guise won the Driver Championship with 4 wins. Villeneuve contributed a further 3 races victories and Ferrari ran away with the Constructors title.

The 1980's

Struggling on with their flat 12 engine for 1980 Ferrari had a dreadful season with 5th place being the best the could manage. Scheckter retired from F1 at the end of 1980 and was replaced by French driver Didier Pironi.

Ferrari moved into a new era in 1981 and introduced a V6 turbo powered car. Although the engine produced plenty of power the 126CK chassis was not quite as good but, in Villeneuve’s hands, Ferrari took two races wins including Monaco, the first for a turbo car in the modern era.

1982 saw a new car designed by Harvey Posthelthwaite which gave their drivers a chassis which could match the engine. However it proved to be a tragic season with Villeneuve losing his life in qualifying at the Belgium Grand Prix and Pironi having an accident which would end his career during practice in Germany. Finishing the season with replacement drivers Patrick Tambay and Mario Andretti, Ferrari won the constructors title.

For 1983 Ferrari had an all French driver line up with Rene Arnoux joining Tambay. Tambay won one race and Arnoux 3 giving Ferrari a 2nd consecutive Constructors title. Michele Alboreto joined Arnoux at Ferrari for 1984 and managed a solitary win at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Arnoux was dismissed from the team after only 1 race in 1985 and was replaced by Swede Stefan Johansson. Alboreto was leading the Drivers championship at the half way point of the season but unreliability cost him the title as he failed to finish the last 5 races of the season.

Ferrari failed to win a race in 1986. For 1987 Gerhard Berger took Johansson's seat and and proved his worth by winning the last two races of the season. Berger won the Italian Grand Prix in 1988 and was the only driver, other than Prost and Senna in McLaren's, to win a race that year.

Nigel Mansell was singed to partner Berger in 1989 and won the opening race of the season. He won again in Hungary and Berger won in Portugal but the Ferrari cars were outclassed by the McLaren machines.

The 90's

1989 World Champion joined Mansell at Ferrari for 1990. Prost and Senna diced for the drivers title through to the Japanese Grand Prix where his hoped were ended when Senna drove into him as they braked for the first corner on the first lap.

Mansell Left Ferrari in 1991 to be replaced by Jean Alesi. Ferrari failed to win a race and Prost's criticism of the team resulted in him being replaced for the last race of the season by Gianni Morbidelli.

1992 to 1995 were lean times for Ferrari win only two wins, Berger in Germany 1994 and Alesi Canada 1995 before double World Champion Michael Schumacher joined the team from Benetton for 1996.

The Schumacher Era

Schumacher won 3 races for Ferrari in 1996 and in 1997 was joined by ex-Benetton engineers Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn. It proved to be an astonishingly successful partnership. Between 1997 and 2006, when Schumacher retired, they dominated the sport. From 149 races Schumacher won 63, took 51 poles, 43 fastest laps and 98 podiums. Schumacher won 5 five successive Drivers Titles between 2000 and 2004 and the team took the Constructors Title from 1999 to 2004.

During his time at Ferrari he was partnered by Eddie Irvine, '96 to '99, Rubens Barrichello, 2000 to 2005, and Felipe Massa for his final season. The period wasn't without controversy as Schumacher had a clause in his contract classifying him as Number 1 driver and on a number of occasions his team mates were required by the team to move aside and let Schumacher gain a higher place resulting in a change to the regulations by the FIA outlawing team orders.

Schumacher retired at the end of 2006 having placed 3rd and 2nd in the Driver title race to Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006.

From 2006

Kimi Raikkonen took on the task of filling Schumacher's place in the team for 2007 and duly won the Drivers Title and Ferrari the Constructors. 2008 saw Felipe Massa lose out on the title to Lewis Hamilton as Hamilton took the 5th place he needed two corners from the end of the last race of the season. Ferrrai had the consolation of the Constructors Championship.

Raikkonen and Massa raced together in 2009 and Raikkonen took a single win at the Belgian Grand Prix. Massa was injured in a freak accident at the Hungarian race and his place was taken by Luca Badoer and Giancarlo Fischella. The replacement drivers showed the short comings of the Ferrari 056 chassis and were some distance behind Raikkonen in the races they competed in.

Double World Champion Fernando Alonso took Raikkonen's place for 2010 and, like Mansell in 1989, won a place in the hearts of Ferrari supporters by winning his first race. With 5 wins through the season, including Ferrari’s home race in Italy, he was challenging for the title through to the final round but could only manage 7th in Abu Dhabi losing out on the title to Sebastien Vettel by 4 points.

2011 sees Ferrari continue with Alonso and Massa as their drivers and have named their car the F150th Italia to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy's foundation as a nation.
 
Wow! Crazy news! I always liked Binotto. I thought he did a good job at taking care of the drivers by not holding them at gunpoint like some have done over the years. But yeah, I don't think he was hard enough on some of the team. The loose calls and weird choices need to stop at some point and if he's not going to make it happen someone will. Leclerc has pushed Ferrari before only to have a "talking to" because you need to show more support? Trying to make a team better by being brutal honest is support and if Vasseur can do that then good but if Binotto leaves that would still be unfortunate because I think he's at least a nice guy.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
I shouldnt be surprised that ferrari left with 1 more cock up as 2 weeks ago they were "completely without foundation"


as i was saying at the time. i dont see binotto at fault. because they need a root & branch review because they havent seriously challenged for a title since 2008 & Domincali, Matticati, Arrivabene, Binotto havent been able to change this. & bringing in a new guy into the same system is going to change much. as for me they have to get to root of why are these mistakes been happening not this year but for the last 12, & what happened at the development team that ended up as everyone went forward they stood still going from best car on the grid winning by 30 secs to finishing 5th/6th a minute off the lead

although this was a mad rumour going around last night. that i find extremely unlikely

 
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After the season was over Binotto went back to headquarters and top brass was very quiet about the future. They were definitely going to let him go so he decided to take matters into his own hands and quit. So really the statement Ferrari put out could be read as true but we all know what was really going on behind closed doors. Hopefully his replacement can lead the team to victory and weed out the weak points.
 

Il_leone

World Champion
Vasseur is a favourite given his association with Leclerc who they see as the Ferrari crown jewel. I am amazed though to hear Ferrari haven't found a replacement and just allowing name dropping. Binotto long association with the team ends.

Ferrari just don't seem to learn about constant changing and chopping creating mess...as much I hated that era but Todt with Brawn during Schumacher 's era is still Ferrari's golden period
 
I think it could go either way. If Vasseur is up to the task and listens to Leclerc they could for a strong relationship within Ferrari. With that confidence the team might be able to move forward and continue to gel and get stronger. Or it will be a difficult 2023 because it all falls apart. If it is a challenge moving forward I think that Ferrari should let everyone in the team get used to the new before making more changes.
 

Il_leone

World Champion
John Elkann is an interesting CEO because supposedly he prefers Arrivabene and not a fan of Binotto but during Vettel years he was not really ringing the changes like he is now
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
for me it does matter who you bring in because its clearly nothing to do with team principals. as Domincali oversaw 2008, 2010 & 2012, Matticati 2014, Arrivabene oversaw 2017 & 2018, Binotto 2019 on track. 2020 & 2022. they havent been able to change this. for me this is deeply ingrained inside the pitwall or garage,

why is it that when the pressure is on, they fall apart like vettel in 2017 & 2018. why cant the stategy team think clearly. how did the developement team take a car that was on pole & 30 seconds clear in the lead in austraila & spain. to end up the 3rd best car a minute behind verstappen just 7 months later
 
Well, the confusion starts somewhere and I think the team has just had bad management. Someone needs to be in charge without having to report to a million other people. Like Toto, someone needs to go into that team and say, "this is what I'm doing, deal with it."
 

Dartman

Pole Sitter
While Italians run the team as a committee, they have no chance what they need is an Italian dictator who knows his stuff or they look for a non Italian management team, driver wise except for Alonso they haven't made many mistakes
 
While Italians run the team as a committee, they have no chance what they need is an Italian dictator who knows his stuff or they look for a non Italian management team, driver wise except for Alonso they haven't made many mistakes
Their most recent chance to win the title was with Alonso 😂 He was the last Ferrari driver who could have won it with 1 race to go. Unfortunately he was held up in traffic. Honestly, he was one of their best.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
but Alonso really shouldve won a title at ferrari. how they cocked it up in 2010 i dont know. because really was on a plate. but forgetting that Vettel exists was their fatal mistake

2012 it was miracle in a car that was nowhere near the red bull. that he got as close to the title as he did
 

The Pits

Harumph. Again.
Valued Member
"Use your talent, we know how big it is" sounds very much like a hail mary!!

There have been a few seasons in the last 10 years where they managed very cleverly to be out of contention by the last few races based on inexplicable strategy, driver mistakes, cheating (enginegate*) and reliability, so much so that although Alonso was the only driver of that time to be in with a shout in the showdown, it isnt the only season that they could / should have, if not won, then at least been in serious contention for a lot longer.

As the time between serious silverware gets longer, the pressure becomes higher, and even the simpler decisions become more difficult, and it requires a hand at the helm who has been there and done it to see things through, and a flexible team to work within those rules.

There were rumours of Ferrari looking at Horner as an option, as much I find the man to be an irritable cyst of smugness, he has been there, done that, fallen back, and then got back there and done it again, people will shout "Newey" which may be true, but I cannot remember Newey remaining at one team for so long before? also the team are fairly slick from top to bottom. I dont recall a red bull being on wet tyres on a dry track before?

I think that the need for success and fear of failure at all levels can manifest itself in things like this, and men from within are going to be part of that ingrained mindset, I think that they cannot be successful again until they trust someone from outside to do a proper job on them!
 
There have been a few seasons in the last 10 years where they managed very cleverly to be out of contention by the last few races based on inexplicable strategy, driver mistakes, cheating (enginegate*) and reliability, so much so that although Alonso was the only driver of that time to be in with a shout in the showdown, it isnt the only season that they could / should have, if not won, then at least been in serious contention for a lot longer.
It's painful how many times they could have won the championship. They just haven't been as close at the end like in 2010 and 2012.
 
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