Marchionne: We’ve got to kick some ass

“We’ve got to kick some ass and we’ve got to do it quickly,” he told Autocar. “It takes what it takes. We might screw up, but we’ve got nothing to lose, right? Let’s risk something.

“I keep getting reminded racing is not a science, that a number of factors influence performance,” he added, “then I go to Monza and see the first six cars are not Ferrari or powered by a Ferrari engine, and my blood pressure just popped.

“A non-winning Ferrari on the Formula One track is not Ferrari. I can live with periods of bad luck, but it cannot become a structural element of the brand. That continues to be my main objective in terms of Ferrari going forward.”


Brave words, but one has to wonder how exactly the resurgence is going to come about. Whilst the impending arrival Sebastian Vettel will give the team a certain boost, one cannot help but feel that in dropping Fernando Alonso, who has continuously flattered the red cars given to him, the Italian outfit is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, much as it did in firing Alain Prost.

Furthermore, unless the team is willing to go on a massive recruiting drive in the months ahead we cannot see how it has the infrastructure in place to come anywhere near the sort of resurgence we saw under Jean Todt who was to recruit Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Michael Schumacher from Benetton, thereby establishing the unit that was to win countless titles and totally dominate the sport.

Nonetheless, it is impressive to hear some fighting talk from Maranello.

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  1. Ferrari is a legend and they did very, very well with the dream team of Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Michael Schumacher. But for the past few years they had the best driver on the grid and they did not take advantage of that. What would Vettel do better? My guess is that Finger Boy will even be slower than Raikkonen, who was a lot slower than Alonso this year! Ferrari simply do not deserve to win with the level of technical competence they have demonstrated with the latest F1 cars they managed to put together. This year’s car is not a Ferrari, it’s a asthmatic retired donkey.

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