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Ferrari must question decisions, says Wolff

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30/08/2020

Like much of the media, when referring to Ferrari we often refer to it as part of the 'big three', along with Mercedes and Red Bull.

However, as recently as 2014 the Maranello outfit slumped to fourth in the standings, while in 1980 - the year after Jody Scheckter secured the title for the Scuderia - the team finished tenth.

While the 'Schumacher era', that period of domination so similar to today's, as Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton clean up, it should not be forgotten that the last drivers' title was in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen, while the most recent Constructors' Championship came a year later.

While some are blaming Mattia Binotto for the team's current troubles, the fact is that the Italian, who has Ferrari in his DNA, should never have been appointed to the role. And now, as the Italian media bays for blood Ferrari is likely to compound its dilemma by firing a brilliant engineer.

Let's not forget that Binotto was basically a knee-jerk reaction as the team booted out Maurizio Arrivabene, the ex-Marlboro man who had the looks and demeanour of a character straight out of Gomorrah. And before that we had the ever smiling, yet totally anonymous and woefully out of his depth Marco Mattiacci.

Much like Gomorrah, Maranello has witnessed its fair share of bloodbaths over the years, indeed, Mattiacci's inexplicable appointment followed the dumping of Stefano Domenicali, who was himself trying to pull the team back together after the all-powerful triumvirate of Todt, Brawn and Byrne had moved on.

Binotto is an engineer, and consequently is totally out of his depth as a team principal, especially when one is talking of the political hot bed that is Ferrari.

Other than the team's woeful drop-off in performance, due in no small part to last year's engine shenanigans, there appears to be a total breakdown in the relationship with Sebastian Vettel. Indeed the German's very firing and the way it was subsequently handled points to the sort of management that would even embarrass David Brent.

Now, Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff has poured some gasoline on the fire, as he questions the decisions made by "certain members" of the Italian team.

"It's not good for Formula 1," said the Austrian, after Charles Leclerc and Vettel qualified 13th and 14th at Spa. "It's not good for the competition at the front.

"I very much feel with all the tifosi and employees of Ferrari for this lack of performance," he added, the Austrian insisting that the Maranello team is "an iconic brand" that "should be racing at the very front".

Stating that Ferrari should "question the priorities that have been set in recent times, and where the lack of performance comes from", he lamented that "nobody, from the fans and the Ferrari people, deserves such a result".

Asked to explain what he meant by "priorities", Wolff explained: "Actually it's wrong to say Ferrari's priorities, because that drags Ferrari and everybody at Ferrari into this...

"It's maybe the decisions that have been made within the team, from certain members of the team," he added.

Of course, while the Austrian may indeed believe that F1 needs a strong Ferrari, in light of his recent comments about his own future at Mercedes, could Toto be throwing his cap in the ring at Maranello?

Think about that... Toto at Ferrari.

Check out our Sunday gallery from Spa, here.

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1. Posted by ToeKnee, 30/08/2020 20:45

"Who would want to go to Ferrari? Career killer. Binotto Should have been gone after last season. Not any kind of on track intuition. Bad decisions every race. Amazed when they actually pull of a race run like the Mercedes team. The pit stop today, three stooges. Again."

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2. Posted by Chris Roper, 30/08/2020 15:19

"For Ferrari's 1000th Race the FIA should declare it a Demonstration race with no Points and let Ferrari run last years cars just to save face."

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3. Posted by *TestaRossa*, 30/08/2020 8:58

"2022 Toto , 8 times world champ Lewis ,Andy Cowell ?"

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4. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 30/08/2020 8:57

"Lewis and Toto heading for Ferrari?"

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