Horner: Ferrari’s Biggest Problem & What they Need to Do

Ferrari’s ongoing performance issues could be linked to the influence of Italian nationalism within the team, with a new car set for 2024.”

Highlights

‣ Ferrari has experienced a series of setbacks in Formula 1.
‣ The new boss Frederic Vasseur has a tough job ahead of him.
‣ The influence from Italy is causing a negative effect on Ferrari’s performance and decision-making.
‣ Ferrari as a national team needs to get back to being a race team.


Ferrari’s Formula 1 team has encountered considerable difficulties this season after initially showing pretty good form in the early races. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz appeared to start the 2022 season with Ferrari as a challenger to Red Bull Racing. However, that hasn’t been the case as the Italian team has been experiencing problems and setbacks. Christian Horner appears to have an idea about what could be the cause for Ferrari’s problems. He believes that the Italian team is suffering from being too influenced by its home country and the pressure that comes from Italian newspapers. Horner thinks, “the biggest problem for Ferrari is that it’s a national team,”. This is in contrast to his approach at Red Bull Racing, where quick decision-making and flexibility are prioritized. He suggests that Ferrari needs to function as a race team, rather than a national institution.
Frederic Vasseur came in as a replacement for Mattia Binotto ahead of the 2023 F1 season, but so far has been unable to change Ferrari’s fortune. The hope now is for a complete change in the 2024 car that is expected to uplift Ferrari’s performance.
Horner notes that “there’s probably too many people at the top end” in Ferrari, and “everybody has an input and has a say”. He believes that Ferrari is greatly affected by the Italian media and “it’s a lot of pressure, being at Ferrari.” This view provides insight into Horner’s perspective on why Ferrari is faltering this season. He thinks that Ferrari should take inspiration from his team’s ability to make quick decisions and adapt to the situation. It will be interesting to see if Ferrari can address these issues and stage a comeback in the following seasons.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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