Elkann: Ferrari is in a time of change
Ferrari is in a period of change, according to John Elkann heir of his grandfather Gianni Agnelli, who chairs and controls the automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (which owns the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Lancia, Maserati, Mopar and Ram brands).
Deep into the first half of the 2016 season, it is a tricky time for the fabled Maranello marque: arguably Mercedes’ closest challenger but yet to win a single grand prix this year.
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne insists that even with the rules changing so much for 2017, Ferrari is committed to the 2016 project but hinted that the team is also in a period of “change”.
Elkann, at the presentation of a new Maserati in Monte Carlo, agreed as he was quoted by Tuttosport: “I was in Maranello recently with Marchionne and I saw that the whole team is in a time of change.”
“Under the leadership Maurizio Arrivabene, in Maranello, I saw changes, improvements and a lot of enthusiasm,” added Elkann.
Meanwhile some in the F1 paddock believe Marchionne may be putting too much public pressure on Ferrari this year.
When asked about that, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff told Corriere della Sera: “Marchionne has proved that he knows what he is doing.
“Pressure? In certain situations it is necessary, so long as it is channelled in the right direction. I know something about that myself with Dieter Zetsche,” the Austrian smiled.