Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri says he won’t make any excuses for the Scuderia’s dismal form, instead they need to focus on improving.
2020 is proving to a wretched season for the Maranello team.
Instead of challenging Mercedes for the championship titles, they are fighting just to get both cars into the points having managed that only three times in nine races.
One of those double points-hauls came at Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix.
It was a huge race for Ferrari with the Mugello event marking the team’s 1000th Formula 1 grand prix. It, however, wasn’t a day for celebration.
Charles Leclerc was eighth across the line while Sebastian Vettel, who is off to Aston Martin next season, was P10.
The result, though, did little to help Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship with the team languishing down in sixth place, 17 points behind Renault.
As for the gap to Mercedes, that’s up to 259 points.
“Listen, we’re in a hole now, and we know we’re in a hole,” Camilleri said to Sky Sports F1.
“It’s a confluence of factors, but anything I say will come across as excuses. And we’re not into excuses.
“So what matters is to focus on the issues we have and to work hard with determination to get back to what we consider to be our rightful place.
“I mean realistically it’s going to be tough.
“In Formula 1 we’re always fighting time, both on the track and in development, and there’s no magic bullet. So we’ll take time.
“I’m hoping with a bit more flexibility in the regs next year we can at least step it up from where we are.
“Mercedes, hats off to them, they’ve done an incredible job and we’ll see in 2022 with the new regs, whether it creates a reset.
“That’s our hope.”
Despite the team’s current troubles, Camilleri is confident it is only a matter of time before F1’s long-serving team is back at the front of the field.
“Listen, I think Ferrari and Formula 1 are sort of joined at the hip,” he said. “How to imagine Formula 1 without Ferrari? Or the other way around?
“We’ve been there forever and we’re the only team… Others come and go. And yeah, history creates pressure too. So we’re looking forward to the next thousand.”