Mohammed Ben Sulayem: FIA president vindicated in Ferrari victory evaluation

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been backed in his evaluation that Ferrari will return to successful methods.

The Scuderia is with out an F1 world title since clinching the constructors’ crown with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa in 2008.

For the workforce’s final success within the drivers’ race, you want to look again one 12 months additional, to Raikkonen’s success in opposition to Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari seemed within the body to finish its championship drought final time period after scoring victories in two of the primary three races however this problem rapidly light, leading to a runners-up end within the constructors’ battle with Charles Leclerc additionally second within the drivers’ title race.

After the FIA president deemed it to be “solely a matter of time” earlier than the Scuderia return to the highest of the pile, GPFans readers have broadly backed this declare.

Full outcomes

Sure – Ferrari will return – 77 per cent

No – Ferrari can’t match Crimson Bull and Mercedes long-term – 23 per cent

What we predict

Sam Corridor – deputy editor

Ferrari can hardly be described as a sleeping large given its confirmed race-winning capability however it’s equally removed from being the dominant power it was on the flip of the millennium.

Ferrari’s newfound place may finest be described as a bridesmaid function, after coming near toppling Mercedes in each 2017 and 2018. Recollections of those campaigns would seemingly have been stirred by the regular charge at which the workforce fell again from Crimson Bull final 12 months.

However issues could possibly be about to vary.

Former workforce principal Mattia Binotto appeared at instances final season like a deer caught within the headlights as he was pressured to defend the Scuderia following reliability points and main strategic blunders.

However there’s the potential trigger for optimism this time round.

Fred Vasseur has joined from Alfa Romeo to fill the workforce principal emptiness and this variation has already led to a wave of recent air to the workforce.

Whether or not he’s the person to steer Ferrari to the world title is a matter that solely time can inform.

However as for whether or not it is “solely a matter of time” earlier than Ferrari returns to its former glory, I’m firmly within the camp that believes the Scuderia can obtain this.

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