Former Ferrari team manager, Romolo Tavoni, has called on Sebastian Vettel to “regain his head” in 2019 or a decision will have to be made.
Vettel has spurned two very good chances in 2017 and, in particular, 2018, to end Ferrari’s long title drought as well as add a fifth trophy to his own cabinet.
Ferrari have been going through some major changes following the sad passing of chairman Sergio Marchionne, with the axing of Maurizio Arrivabene the most recent to be confirmed.
But Tavoni, who has a long affiliation with the team having worked alongside Enzo Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s, thinks Vettel’s role is amongst the most decisive if the glory days are going to come back to the Scuderia.
“I sincerely believe that the departure of Arrivabene is just the first shock,” Tavoni told Italy’s Autosprint.
“Let’s not forget that Vettel did a bad championship in 2018. I believe the immediate future of Ferrari rests on the situation with Vettel.
“We saw some unacceptable mistakes, and now we just have to see what will happen.
“In other words, Ferrari has a new boss but it is also necessary that Vettel, the spearhead on the track, regains his head.”
Tavoni also welcomed the appointment as Mattia Binotto as new team principal, but feels he will need further help to ease the demand of the job.
He added: “He is a very high level engineer. However, his new role involves maintaining relationships with the other teams, dealing with politics and relating to Liberty Media.
“Overall it will be a very complex and very burdensome task, so I think that he will be helped by someone and that this appointment will be very important for the success of his term.”