Ferrari chairman John Elkann is not happy with the current season. Ferrari is not competitive and Mercedes is currently dominant in F1. He believes that Ferrari can hardly achieve anything this season. "Ferrari is going through a difficult period that starts far back," he said.
"We have not won a constructors' world championship since 2008 nor a drivers' one since 2007." , as quoted by motorsport "There has been Red Bull's winning cycle thanks to aerodynamic capacity and then Mercedes for their great ability in hybrid engine technologies.
"This year we are not competitive thanks to project errors. We have had a number of structural weaknesses that have existed for some time in aerodynamics and in the dynamics of the vehicle. We have also lost out in engine power.
"The reality is that our car is not competitive. You saw it on the track and you will see it again. "Today we are laying the foundations for being competitive and returning to winning when the rules change in 2022.
I am convinced of this." However, Ekman, despite all the troubles, believes that Ferrari will return to where it belongs and that they are doing their best to achieve that. "We must be realistic and aware of the structural weaknesses with which we have been living for a decade, and which the transition to hybrid [power units] has underlined."
"We have given the okay to the new rules that will start from 2022, because we believe it is right that there is greater competitiveness within F1." "We do not see the limitation of budget caps as a constraint on our ability to win.
We take it as a challenge." "Our engineers, our mechanics and our drivers will find strength and creativity within those bonds to bring Ferrari back up. Personally I have never seen in the last 10 years such a cohesive and strong spirit."
Although fans are impatient, Ekman calls for understanding and believes that Ferrari fans will soon have reason to be happy. "The fans are suffering as much as we are, but we know they are close to us," he said.
"This is why it is important to be clear and honest with them. A long path awaits us. "When [Jean] Todt opened that historic cycle [of titles] in 2000, we came from a fast that had lasted for over 20 years from 1979.
It took time from him landing in Maranello in 1993 to Ferrari's return to success. "The important thing then is to work on the track and off the track, in a cohesive way, building the Ferrari we want to step-by-step."