Villeneuve calls for Ferrari ‘to start over’

Mark Scott
Sebastian Vettel drives past Ferrari pit wall

Sebastian Vettel drives past Ferrari pit wall

1997 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve, has said Ferrari need to start rebuilding again from scratch to try and restore their glory days.

The Scuderia, without a piece of silverware in their trophy cabinet since winning the Constructors’ Championship in 2008, have taken a very noticeable backward step in the revised 2020 schedule.

Ferrari find themselves now cut completely adrift of the title picture and in a midfield battle with the likes of McLaren, Racing Point and Renault.

As the Formula 1 roadshow rolls on to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa this week – where Charles Leclerc emerged victorious in the 2019 race – Villeneuve says that Ferrari need to hit the reset button.

“Ferrari will have to start all over again,” Villeneuve is quoted as having told Sky TV in Italy.

“The team is facing extremely difficult tasks and it will take a lot of time to get up. Maybe it will take them at least two years.

“They want to make Ferrari a true Italian team, but I don’t think this is a precondition for success in modern Formula 1.

“The most important thing is to bring the best employees, regardless of the cost, into the team.”

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Gerhard Berger says Mattia Binotto lacks support at Ferrari.

Ferrari has at least tried to arrest its slide by completing a staff reshuffle and constructing a new Performance Department headed up by Enrico Cardile and featuring significant input from Rory Byrne, former chief designer at the Scuderia.

Mattia Binotto is no longer technical director at Ferrari but has remained on as team principal.

That decision has not gone down well with some.

“Binotto is a very good engineer,” quotes Kolles as having told AvD Motorsport Magazin.

“But an engineer is not a team boss. From my point of view, an engineer cannot be a team boss either.

“I know Binotto personally. He is a person who is shaped by numbers and not by feelings. There is no warmth.

“These engineers do not understand the psychological side.”

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