The 2014 formula one season was as bad it could get for Ferrari and in many ways it was a repeat of the 1980s and early 1990s when Ferrari were constantly under performing.
Fernando Alonso has gone and so has former CEO Luca Di Montezemolo in their place sees the arrival of Sebastian Vettel, who needs no introduction, and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Alonso fled Ferrari and rejoined McLaren after becoming disillusioned with the team for failing to deliver a race wining car and Di Montezemolo was technically sacked after falling out with Marchionne over Ferrari’s road car strategy.
Marchionne is pragmatic enough to know that Ferrari faces an equally tough 2015 F1 season, speaking back in late December he said “2015 will be a difficult year that will put the team to a real test. I think 2015 is going to be a reconstitution year. It will be Maurizio’s (Ferrari’s new F1 team principle) first full year with the team.
“I think hopefully within the next 12 months we will remove all the baggage of uncertainty that is going to plague at least the initial phase of 2015. We started late with the 2015 car, certain choices and strategies that were made by others and that, in retrospect, I don’t necessarily share,” added Marchionne.
Ferrari were at a season long disadvantage from the very start, they failed to adapt to the new hybrid V6 regulations and as a result their engine lacked horsepower throughout 2014, the team finished 4th in the constructors championship with out a win to their illustrious name. Although to be fair The Mercedes outfit demolished the competition in 2014.
Meanwhile former Ferrari technical director, Pat Fry, who was recently given his marching orders by the new regime gave a reason as to why Fernando Alonso was the better driver over Kimi Raikkonen.
“The first is that Fernando is more adaptable and the second is that the limitations of the car and tyres are especially difficult with Kimi’s driving style. To get the most out of Kimi, you need to give him the car to do it.” Said Fry who was speaking to Brazil’s Totalrace.
Fry also worked with Raikkonen when the two were at McLaren, he added “It was the same at McLaren. He was very sensitive to the front of the car – when he and [Juan Pablo] Montoya were together, I think we had about seven different front suspensions for the season.”