Marchionne: We have to be as we were when Schumacher was here
Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne is being much more conservative with regards to his views ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season, nevertheless he has revealed that the team wants to return to the winning ways of the the Michael Schumacher era.
Speaking to media in Geneva, Marchionne said, “It is now nine years that we have not won the F1 title, this season will be the tenth. It will end.”
Marchionne acknowledges that big gains were made by the Reds, but he still regards Mercedes as favourites, “The new car is reliable and credible. It a huge step forward. Objectives? Winning for sure is the goal and that is absolutely clear. When it will happens I cannot say.”
“We had two objectives in Barcelona: to be reliable and to be up there in comparison to Red Bull. Right now Mercedes is still ahead. As for McLaren, I wish them a speedy recovery.”
Sebastian Vettel agrees with his boss, “Our car is certainly better than last year. But Mercedes have traditionally slowed down in tests and then fly at the races. They are still the ones to beat.”
“It’s going to be an interesting season. The cars are so much faster than last year, the drivers are having to work their asses off to earn their pay-cheque, which I think is good to see. They’re getting out of the car really sweaty,” concluded Marchionne.
Are Ferrari heading in the right direction? Can they ever again become the team they were during the Schumacher era?