(Rome) The Ferrari "is not competitive", admitted Tuesday in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport John Elkann, president of the Fiat Chrysler group, which owns the brand on the prancing horse, after two first difficult Formula 1 GPs for the Italian team .
At the first GP of the season in Austria, Charles Leclerc had miraculously snatched 2 E instead. But the car's difficulties were already evident.
A lap behind Mercedes
During the Styrian GP, Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel then collided on the first lap and retired and during the Hungarian GP 10 days ago, the two Italian cars finished more than one lap behind Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes.
This year, we are not competitive mainly because of a series of design errors in the car. We had a series of structural weaknesses that have been around for a long time, especially in the aerodynamics. We also lost engine power. The reality is that our car is not competitive. It was seen on the track and it will be seen again.
John Elkann in the Gazzetta dello Sport.
According to the boss of the FCA group, Ferrari's difficulties are old. “The sports sector is undoubtedly going through a difficult period. We haven't won the constructors 'championship since 2008 and the drivers' championship since 2007, ”he said.
But the grandson of Gianni Agnelli, on the other hand, is confident for the future.
Full confidence in Binotto
"We are laying the foundations to be competitive and start winning again when the rules change in 2022," he said, reaffirming that Scuderia General Manager Mattia Binotto was the man for the job. .
“Total confidence! He has all the skills and characteristics to open a new cycle of victories, ”said Elkann.
The leader also defended the choice not to offer a new contract to Vettel and to bet on two young drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. "The new car will be born with them", he explained.