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Ferrari boss tempers early season success

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16/04/2022

Though delighted to see his team leading the standings, Ferrari chairman John Elkann points out that the season has only just begun.

Leading both championships on merit, with the F1-75 and Charles Leclerc looking to be in another league, some are already suggesting that Ferrari is heading for its first drivers title since 2007, its first team title since 2008.

However, over the years the tifosi have seen it all before, the Scuderia whipping up hopes only to shoot itself in the foot one way or another.

When Michael Schumacher finally won the title with Ferrari in 2000, at the fifth attempt, the tifosi had been waiting 21 years, and over the course of some of the seasons since 2007 many feared an equally long wait for a return to the top.

Speaking at the company's annual shareholders meeting, Ferrari chairman John Elkann, though delighted with the Scuderia's current success, has warned that it is far too early to start taking things for granted.

"We said two years ago that we had to work hard to get back to being competitive and the 2022 championship has got off to a truly thrilling start," he said.

"Like all our tifosi around the world, I am delighted we are competing at the highest level.

"That said, we know the season has just begun and in Formula 1 you are always surrounded by fierce competitors," he continued.

"We must work tirelessly as a team to optimise every aspect of our performance. That is the spirit and approach I look forward to seeing at Imola and as the season progresses."

Ferrari's last revival was in 2019, but this was eventually sidelined following a series of technical directives concerning the legality of the team's engines.

The failure of the FIA to publicly disclose the findings of its investigation of the Maranello power unit caused understandable outrage, while the team, and its customers, spent the next couple of seasons floundering as it sought to recover.

Last year, Ferrari was among the first to switch focus to the 2022 rules overhaul, while the power unit division had already been doing their bit to recover from the 2019 shambles.

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1. Posted by kenji, 19/04/2022 12:54

"
Ferrari's ascendancy is refreshing...to say the very least."

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2. Posted by aroutis, 19/04/2022 10:18

"@Wokingchap :
Ferrari is enjoying the labours of their hard work.
They've been at it since 2020 , working on the new regulations.

Quite honestly, there is nothing strange in what we witness.
They worked not just in the car , but also at the way they operate as a team at the factory, the pitwall, the whole organization.

And it's evident. "

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3. Posted by kenji, 18/04/2022 0:38

"So much is at stake from these early races given that despite the very long calendar these early races are very determative when it comes to the final resut. Leclerc has been driving so well that despite the early pressures he now has a great baseline for a viable challenge. Even if Hamilton was to win the next six races and Leclerc came in second they, Mercedes, would only just equalise. Ferrari will be racing hard and hopefully they will enjoy the benefits of having a superb racing car and driver that will take them on to a championship and a newly minted champion in Leclerc.


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4. Posted by moonrover, 16/04/2022 6:24

"Ferrari is doing the promised job in a great manner. but the distance will be thinner when red bull and Merc eventually debug themselves. I guess we will have a season."

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5. Posted by Wokingchap, 15/04/2022 18:55

"This sudden burst of speed from this team makes me very suspicious indeed."

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6. Posted by kenji, 15/04/2022 11:34

"What an enjoyable start to the season. Ferrari are doing an excellent job and Leclerc is driving the wheels off that car. When he's on it he's virtually untouchable. To cap that off he's an extremely likeable young man likewise his partner Carlos Sainz. Whilst I'm not an absolute follower of Ferrari I just hope that they can continue to deliver as we are the beneficiaries of the racing."

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