Ferrari cars have fared way below the expectations this season.© AFP
Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri says that the iconic Formula One team knows they’re “stuck in a gap” after watching his drivers finish outdoor the podium places at the Tuscan Grand Prix. Camilleri added that they’re made up our minds to work tough and get back to their rightful place in Formula One. Charles Leclerc and departing four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel were eighth and 10th respectively at Mugello on Sunday, encouraging results after two pointless races at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza but hardly inspiring on their 1000th GP.
“We’re in a gap now, and we realize we’re in a gap,” he said.
“It is a confluence of factors, but anything I say will come across as excuses. And we are not into excuses.
“So what affairs is to concentrate on the issues we have and to work tough with determination to receive back to what we believe to be our rightful place.”
Camilleri, who was once at Mugello with chairman John Elkann, made lucid the Italian outfit had no intention of even considering pulling out of Formula One.
“I think Ferrari and F1 are sort of joined at the hip,” he said.
“How to consider F1 without Ferrari? Or the wrong way around?
“We’ve been there perpetually and we’re the only team. Others come and go. And yes, history creates pressure too — so we’re taking a look forward to the next thousand.”
Next year Formula One will introduce sure changes which come with a cost cap of $175 million (147.5 million euros) per team, per season.
“We can take time and I’m hoping, that with a bit more flexibility in the regulations next year, we will no less than step up from where we are now.
“Hats off to Mercedes. They’ve done an improbable job. We can see, in 2022, with new regulations, whether it creates a re-set… That’s our hope.”
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