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The sixth place among the brands exposes aerodynamic errors and in the engine power. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, discouraged.

Ferrari’s present in Formula 1 is the chronicle of an announced story. Who did not know that at the Italian Grand Prix, right on the Monza circuit, the Scuderia Was he exposed to a fool? To another piece of paper, bah. It was announced, even the protagonists knew about it and it just happened. The brakes of Sebastian Vettel’s car broke, Charles Leclerc could not control his until he hit hard against the protection and Mattia Binotto, the team leader, was clutching his head. One fact shudders: It is the worst historical location of the team in 40 years.

Ferrari march sixth in the constructors’ championship, which has been held since 1958, with 61 units. Very far from the powerful Mercedes (281) and Red Bull (158, thanks to Max Verstappen), three more teams surpass the Italian brand: McLaren (98), Racing Point (82) and Renault (71), which passed it in the last race after disaster Red.

Three times in history Ferrari finished sixth in F1: 1962, 1969 and 1973. And in 1980, four decades ago, the historical paper down to 10th place. It won’t happen this season, just because the Alfa Romeo thing, Haas and Williams it’s on another level. The disparity is obvious.

However,why Ferrari suffers as it suffers and their pilots must abandon or cannot control the vehicles? “We must focus on gathering as much data as possible to help us refocus the development of the SF1000 in the right direction,” he said. Laurent Mekies, responsible for Ferrari’s activities on the track.

There are two issues that concern and can be interrelated with the causes of this debacle: the engine and the aerodynamics of the cars. On the circuits, they pass them like posts on the straights to the Alpha Tauri, in the race long before the victory of Pierre Gasly in Monza. No power at full speed. There is the drama with the engine.

And the aerodynamics? From the team they recognize the aerodynamic deficiencies of the SF1000, which feed pessimism and force to test some changes. “This year’s Ferrari is very difficult to drive. I gave my best, but I made a mistake. I don’t know if I asked much of the car, but I hit the wall, “Leclerc analyzed.” a nightmare weekend, worse than expected, “admitted Vettel, who will leave the team at the end of the year.

“We know that when it comes to competitiveness it will not be easy, because there are no magic formulas“Mekies explained. Even President John Elkann warns:” I am confident that we will be great again, although not immediately. “

The most pessimistic are betting that Ferrarire will recover its level only in the next season, driven by regulatory changes aimed at reducing operating costs in the highest category.

History marks other moments in which Ferrari was surpassed by its rivals. In 1962, he finished sixth in the constructors’ championship, with drivers such as Ricardo Rodríguez, Giancarlo Baghetti, Phil Hill, Lorenzo Bandini and Willy Mairesse. In 1969, he was sixth with Chris Amon and Pedro Rodríguez in the seats. And in 1973, he took that position with Jacky Ickx and Arturo Merzario.

But the biggest derision occurred in 1980, the season in which Ferrari finished tenth among the brands: between Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve they added 10 retirements in 14 Grands Prix.

Talking about Ferrari is talking about Formula 1: won 16 times between the brands, has not been off the constructors’ podium since 2014, when he was fourth with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso, but has not won that championship since 2008, with the Finn and Felipe Massa in their seats.

Binotto sentenced for the future: “We must not forget but learn from our mistakes. This season will teach us something.” No one knows how he is still in his post.

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