Ex-Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, has said he can be the person to “fix” the Scuderia’s problems after their worst season in 40 years.
Ferrari finished P6 in the Constructors’ Championship in a campaign that returned zero race wins and just three podium finishes. Charles Leclerc provided two of those in Austria and at Silverstone respectively, while Sebastian Vettel pinched P3 on the last lap of the Turkish Grand Prix.
That paltry return has led to Ferrari’s worst season since Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve were in the car for the 1980 season and Di Montezemolo thinks he has the answers to ensure another lowly finish does not happen again.
“Is it possible for me to return to Ferrari? The question should not be asked of me; no-one asked me anything,” Di Montezemolo is quoted as having told Italian outlet RAI.
“I think I know what the problems are and I can fix them. I know what needs to be tackled in time. But I see with great regret a weak Ferrari, out of the top positions, makes me worried because it’s a very difficult time for the team.
“After Camilleri’s resignation, I hope they choose the new CEO well because there is a team to strengthen.
“I’m sorry to say, but there would have been a perfect person to lead Ferrari…I’m talking about Stefano Domenicali, who I am sure will do very well in the new role.
“If they would like to hear any suggestions, I would be happy to share them. I love Ferrari very much.
“These are very difficult moments not only for the lack of victories and I want to avoid creating further elements of controversy.”
Di Montezemolo pinpointed the structure of the Ferrari Formula 1 team as something that needs to be addressed.
He added: “I try to be constructive, but I’m worried because Ferrari never led a lap in the whole World Championship. There are problems that come from afar and create questions about the future.
“These are two-fold. First of all, a horizontal organization that does not hold up in Formula 1. It is typical of those who lack experience and knowledge and perhaps not even the humility to see how the best teams are organised or how Ferrari itself was organised.
“Secondly, to win you need to have some element in the team that makes a difference and brings new skills. I had a very strong team because I’ve always tried to choose experienced people.”