These are Ferrari's longest title droughts in F1 history

These are Ferrari's longest title droughts in F1 history

11-08-2022 15:29

It has been fourteen years since Ferrari last won a world title in Formula 1. GPblog has made an overview of all Ferrari 's title droughts in the sport. Can the Italians end their drought in 2022?

1964 - 1975

In 1964 Ferrari won both titles with champion John Surtees and second-placed driver Lorenzo Bandini. This was followed by Ferrari's first long title drought in F1. Things went downhill for Ferrari when Cosworth developed a much better engine package with the new regulations. The team finished second in the Constructors' Championship three times before winning both world titles again in 1975 with champions Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni. The Italians continued to be successful with Lauda in the following years, winning the constructors' titles in 1976, 1977 and 1979.

1979 - 2000

Between 1979 and 2000 Ferrari won three Constructors' titles but their drivers were unable to take the drivers' title. The early 1990s were particularly difficult for Ferrari. In '91, '92 and '93 Ferrari never won a single race and never started from pole position. The Italians had to wait 58 races for their next victory, but in 1994 Gerhard Berger finally won a race for Ferrari again.

It was Michael Schumacher who finally ended the longest drought so far of 21 years. For the first time since Jody Scheckter in 1979, the team won the drivers' title in the year 2000. A dominant period for Ferrari followed as the Italians won both world titles five years in a row. In 2005 and 2006 the team was beaten by Renault and Fernando Alonso.

2009 - ?

In 2007, Ferrari won the drivers' title for the last time with Kimi Raikkonen, while 2008 was the last win in the constructors' championship for the Italians. In the years that followed, Ferrari fought for the title a number of times, but failed to win a world title.

In 2010 and 2012 Ferrari lost to Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel. From 2014, the dominant series of victories by Mercedes began. At that time Ferrari only managed to get close to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in 2017 and 2018 with Vettel and Raikkonen, but in both years the Italians threw away the championship in the second half of the season.

This season, Ferrari are finally competing for the title again, but whether the Italians will succeed this year remains to be seen. Leclerc is currently 80 points behind Max Verstappen in the driver's championship, while Red Bull has a 97-point lead in the constructor's championship. The team's engine reliability is not up to scratch, and Sainz and Leclerc have already made a number of mistakes that have been costly.

Ferrari must hope for mistakes from Verstappen and Red Bull in the second half of the season if they are to have any chance of winning the world title. With ten races to go after the summer break we are already over half way through the season. Will the Italians manage to end their title drought in 2022 or are they still on course for a new record?

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