Ferrari president John Elkann said today that he could not be happier about the possibility of the Italian team returning to the top of Formula 1 under the leadership of director Frederick Wasser, the BBC reports. Elkann said that his team is going "100 percent" in the right direction and added that the positive changes he had hoped for are being seen.
He stated that the team is "much tighter and much closer" under Wasser and that it is a good sign that many talented people want to come and work at Ferrari. The Ferrari team is in third place in the constructors' general standings with 388 points before the end of the season.
Red Bull is first with 822, while Mercedes is in second position with 392 points. The last Ferrari driver's title was won by Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, and in the constructor's competition the Italian team was the champion in 2008.
Only four times in the last 15 years has Ferrari been in a position to challenge for the title, in 2010 and 2012 Fernando Alonso battled Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. With Vettel in 2017 and 2018, Ferrari were faster than Mercedes for most of both seasons, but fell short due to mistakes made by the team and drivers.
The BBC reminded that in 2020, Ferrari had the worst season in the last 40 years.
- What is really important is that responsibility is really one of the biggest determinants in what our competitors have achieved. Also agility, despite their large organizations.
They tend to be more agile and faster, and Fred has those qualities, as he has been in motorsport his whole professional life and has been very successful in different categories, as well as in Formula 1, leading smaller teams - said Elkann.
Wasser started working at Maranello in January, so Ferrari started the season with the car built under Binotto last year. They were expected to challenge for the title but found the red car slow and drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz struggling.
Ferrari has only won once this season, as Sainz triumphed at the Singapore Grand Prix. - What is really important is that we maintain the pace and momentum of improvement. Every year will be more difficult for unknown reasons - stated the president of Ferrari.
The Formula 1 season ends this weekend with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ferrari is fighting with Mercedes for second place in the Constructors' Championship. The Italian team has 388 points, four less than Mercedes.