‘Heads will roll’ if Ferrari disappoint in 2022

Jamie Woodhouse
Ferrari mechanics block the view of their car. Spain, February 2020.

Formula 1 designer and pundit Gary Anderson expects Ferrari to return to their old ways of letting people go if they fail to deliver in 2022.

Ferrari found themselves dropping from contending for victories in 2019 to just trying to score points the following season, a major decline for the famous Maranello outfit.

In days gone by, that would probably have been enough for key staff members to lose their jobs, but Ferrari kept faith in their current crew for 2021, a decision which was rewarded as the Scuderia made swift progress, securing P3 in the Constructors’ Championship after a season where Charles Leclerc claimed two pole positions, along with a podium for P2 at Silverstone.

Carlos Sainz added four further podiums to Ferrari’s tally, securing P2 in Monaco, and P3 at the Hungarian, Russian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.

But with new regulations now in place for the 2022 season, one of the biggest regulatory shifts F1 has seen between seasons, Ferrari have their eyes set on becoming title challengers once more.

However, should that not materialise, Anderson expects some staff will find themselves out of work.

The Ferrari logo on their motorhome. Brazil November 2021

In a piece for The Race previewing the 2022 season, Anderson wrote: “Ferrari superficially seems like the most stable team of all over the last 20-odd years given its consistent identity, but that is not really the case.

“In reality, Ferrari is probably the most unstable as for many years it has had a philosophy of either succeeding or holding someone responsible for the failure and pushing them aside.

“The new upper management at Ferrari seems to have settled this down a little now. There have not been many firings with just a few people moved sideways.

“Mattia Binotto still rules the roost and as team principal also effectively oversees the technical side as well. To do both of these is a push but the structure behind him, which has been changed several times in recent years, needs to start to count. Now is the time for Ferrari to recover that lost ground.

 

“After the last major rule change in 2017, I was very impressed with what Ferrari came up with. Ferrari found the solution to the shorter sidepods before anyone else, so does have the vision within the company to react to a changing situation.

“Something derailed that and it had to throw away 2020 to recover from pushing the limits too far on its rule interpretation for the hybrid power unit. It more or less recovered from that for the 2021 season but the limit on development did the team no favours.

“Ferrari needs to dig deep now because all of Italy sees these changes as a new opportunity for Ferrari to be successful. If not, it will very quickly go back to the old ways of working and we will see some heads roll.”

 

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