Ferrari failed to put its once-promising 2019 championship hopes back on track in China.The Italian Formula 1 team looked on track to take on Mercedes this year, but in Australia, Bahrain and now in Shanghai, it was the German outfit with 1-2 finishes.Not just that, Ferrari is also embroiled in a team-orders scandal after telling Charles Leclerc to move aside for Sebastian Vettel.“If there is a $30 million man and a $2.5 million man, then the hierarchy is already quite clear,” pundit Toni Vilander told Finland’s MTV.But another outlet, Corriere della Sera, declared Leclerc the team's best hope:“It would be better if Ferrari finally understood that they have hired the right driver, and it is Charles Leclerc. Maranello should take the captain’s armband from Vettel and give it to Leclerc.” Formula 1 Ferrari F1 boss: Charles Leclerc is ‘right to be upset’ “If Charles is upset then he is right to be upset,” said Mattia … [Read more...] about Italian F1 press suggest Charles Leclerc should be Ferrari’s No. 1
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Mercedes and Ferrari look evenly matched on pace in the early stages of the 2019 Formula 1 season, but with the Silver Arrows securing 1-2 finishes in each of the two season-opening Grands Prix, it is time for Ferrari to kick into action as Formula 1 races its 1,000th Grand Prix, the Chinese Grand Prix.There can be no getting away from the utter domination shown by Mercedes in Australia. For Ferrari to bounce back from its humiliation instantly seemed impossible, but bounce back it did. At the midpoint of the race at Bahrain, things looked good for the Italian team, but it all fell apart. Sebastian Vettel spun out and teammate Charles Leclerc suffered heartbreak when his Ferrari power unit let him down while leading with just 10 laps to go.The net result is that Ferrari is already facing a huge uphill task to overthrow Mercedes in the standings. Mercedes leads by a whopping 39 points in the Constructors' Championship.Surprising many, Leclerc and current championship leader … [Read more...] about 2019 F1 Chinese Grand Prix preview: Can anyone stop Mercedes?
Bosses at Scuderia Ferrari say they understand what went wrong during the Australian Grand Prix.That is the claim of Ferrari insider Leo Turrini, after the Maranello team surprised the F1 world by falling behind both Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Melbourne.Last Friday, Sebastian Vettel met with engineers at the team's Italian headquarters.Prior to that meeting, the German driver said, "We have all the tools, all the ingredients, the data makes sense, but we are missing something."Turrini wrote on his Quotidiano blog that engineers now understand what went wrong in Australia."I do not know what was understood," he wrote, "but there is no panic among (team boss Mattia) Binotto's boys."Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss, predicted Ferrari would bounce back."One swallow doesn't make a spring," he is quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport. "I am confident that Ferrari will recover. Mercedes is obviously the team to beat, but let's allow Ferrari to work." Formula 1 … [Read more...] about Insider says Ferrari engineers understand F1 Australian Grand Prix problems
Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia is not panicking after a bad first race of the 2019 season.The entire paddock was stunned in Melbourne to discover that, after the Maranello team's dominance of winter testing, Mercedes -- not to mention Red Bull -- was faster in the first race."We need to analyze what happened here in peace at the factory," Binotto said. "I remain convinced that we have a good car. We haven't seen our true potential on a race weekend yet." Formula 1 F1 still has work to do to convince teams to accept budget cap Toto Wolff has renewed Mercedes' opposition toward Formula 1 budget caps for the 2021 season.In Melbourne, FIA president Jean Todt said preparations for cost control are "quite well ... The pressure is also mounting on the shoulders of Sebastian Vettel, the team's de facto No. 1 driver and four-time series champion. Binotto confirmed that only a team order meant Charles Leclerc didn't pass him for fourth."At that time, we did not want to … [Read more...] about Italian press blasts ‘weak’ Sebastian Vettel after Australian Grand Prix
Ferrari F1 pit-crew members swarm the car of Michael Schumacher in 2004. See more pictures of Ferrari cars in action. Ferrari F1 puts the red cars of Maranello at the center of the world's most demanding form of motorsport. This article tells the story of the sleek, open-wheel single-seat Ferraris that compete in the most technically demanding form of auto racing. With circuits on every continent, no other form of auto racing matches Formula 1 for financial stakes, worldwide audience, historical sweep, or sheer glamour. Discover how Ferrari's involvement began before this was known as F1, with company founder Enzo Ferrari in association with Italian automaker Alfa Romeo as a race driver and team manager. Known before World War II as Grand Prix racing, it adopted the name Formula 1 in 1947. Ferrari's first F1 car, the 125 F1, appeared in 1948. Since then, Ferrari F1 cars have won more races and more world championships than any other maker's. This article has profiles and pictures … [Read more...] about Ferrari F1