Former Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, is hoping Lewis Hamilton’s sixth World title is his last and Ferrari can finally end their trophy drought.
Mercedes’ dominance throughout the turbo hybrid era continued with the Silver Arrows firstly wrapping up the Constructors’ title in Japan and Hamilton then winning his fifth title in six years at the United States Grand Prix.
That puts Hamilton just one World title behind the great Michael Schumacher on the all-time leaderboard and Montezemolo hopes Ferrari can put a stop to Hamilton drawing level with Schumacher in 2020.
“I hope that this sixth title will be the last for Lewis Hamilton and that next year a cycle for Ferrari will start again,” Montezemolo told Italy’s Radio Rai.
“Seeing Ferrari fight to the last Grand Prix of the season would be the most important thing. There are also reliability problems, but I understand it can happen when looking for the answers.
“As a fan I hope that next year we [Ferrari] will win and, if it doesn’t happen, we will lose the World Championship at the last race with a very competitive team.”
For Ferrari to have a greater chance of toppling Mercedes, they will need Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel to be on the same page.
Montezemolo reiterated his own stance on how to make that happen for the good of Ferrari.
“I have always focused on one driver for the standings and another for the constructors’ championship.
“I prefer a second driver to be able to bring points to the team and from time to time able to create separation from the opponents to the driver going for the World Championship. People like Irvine, Barrichello and Massa.”
More specifically on Leclerc, Montezemolo added: “He is certainly very fast and has gone beyond expectations, but those expectations need to grow gradually.
“For example, in the last few races he has talked less on the radio. I think that’s is an improvement.”