Marchionne: Those who don’t deliver must leave Ferrari
Ferrari big boss Sergio Marchionne has warned that no one at Maranello is safe unless the Formula 1 team starts meeting its targets on track.
The Italian marque has failed to win a Formula 1 drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen’s in 2007, even after Marchionne swept into the presidency with bold title targets for 2016.
Recently, technical boss James Allison left Ferrari but Marchionne indicated that recent staff reinforcements are now “making an impact”.
However: “There is a commitment to close the gap,” he is quoted by La Stampa newspaper.
The report added that a rule in which anyone at Ferrari not delivering results must leave “applies to everyone, including myself”.
“We are obligated to achieving the goals we have set ourselves,” Marchionne added.
Ferrari endured a luckless Belgian Grand Prix, although both Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel appeared to have a car good for a podium finish, if not a win at Spa-Francorchamps.
But their hopes came to nothing as the pair were part of a first lap, Turn 1, collision (involving Red Bull’s Max Verstappen) which compromised their respective races.
Vettel spent the afternoon recovering to eventually finish sixth, with Raikkonen clawing his way back to ninth in an incident packed race.
Team chief Maurizio Arrivabene lamented afterwards, “It’s such a pity. Today we probably had the pace for finishing the Grand Prix with both drivers on the podium. Unfortunately, the accident at the first corner ruined our race.”
He added, “The positives we can take is that, despite extensive damage, our car proved fast and resilient throughout. The team behaved strongly and was united both on track and back at Maranello.”