Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks the gap between his team and rivals Mercedes isn't as big as it seems, as the German team has won...
Scuderia Ferrari is a Formula 1 team that currently competes, and the most successful Formula 1 team in its history – winning 16 constructors’ championships in their time.
Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1950, the team has been an ever-present figure ever since. Based in Maranello, Italy, the team is going through a rough patch by their standards. The form of German side Mercedes has been a concern for them in the turbo-hybrid era, and slipped away at the last hurdle in 2018.
|Team Name||Scuderia Ferrari|
|Team Leader||Maurizio Arrivabene|
|Technical Leader||Mattia Binoto|
The rise of the prancing horse
The team is named after its founder, Enzo Ferrari and the ‘Scuderia’ part of its name is Italian for a stable reserved to racing horses. Its logo is a prancing horse, with that often being referred to as its nickname.
The Italian giants’ first-ever F1 race was back in 1950 at the Monaco Grand Prix. What a first season in the motorsport it was for Ferrari, with them dominating throughout. 11 races and as many wins for the Italians.
Ferrari won eight titles up by 1983, but then endured their longest drought for a constructors’ title. 16 years later, the most successful F1 driver of all-time, Michael Schumacher clinched the world championship to bring it back to Maranello and then came a period of dominance from Ferrari.
Five straight titles
Rubens Barrichello was the German’s new team-mate when the 2000 season began. The season got off to a flyer for Scuderia, with a 1-2 finish for Schumacher and Barrichello in Australia following a nightmare for McLaren. The season continued to get better for the Maranello-based side and Schumacher’s dominance continued as well – with the driver and team securing back-to-back world championships.
2001 saw yet another one-sided season in Formula 1. Schumacher claimed his third consecutive title and likewise Ferrari. Barrichello also had an impressive season for the Italians and finished third.
A fourth successive victorious season for Ferrari came in 2002, with the team winning 15/17 of the races – Schumacher winning 11 and Barrichello winning four. The team equalled McLaren’s record of race wins in a season – that the English side set back in 1988. However, tensions at Ferrari were high that season. Barrichello refused to give up his position in Austria to Schumacher. The German then pushed his team-mate to the top of the podium and Ferrari were fined $1m by the FIA for breaching podium procedures.
The 2003 campaign didn’t start greatly for Scuderia – with neither driver finishing on the podium in the season opener in Australia. Despite the poor start, Ferrari went on to clinch its 13th title and Schumacher won his sixth despite finishing eighth in the Japanese Grand Prix. Barrichello’s victory in Japan secured the title for his side.
The next season and it there was a similar pattern emerging. Schumacher won 13 out of the 18 races – including 12/13 of the opening grands prix. He went on to win his seventh and Ferrari’s 14th title. Five successive titles for Ferrari is a feat that, to this day, has still never been matched. The period of dominance from the Italians and its German driver Schumacher will forever be in the Hall of Fame.
Current state of affairs
Nowadays, Ferrari have four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel on their books – who will be joined by 21-year-old Charles Leclerc for the 2019 season after the youngster’s impressive rookie campaign at Sauber. The 2018 season was a very mixed one for the Italian side.
Despite clearly having the quicker car in the first half of the season, Ferrari’s judgement errors and individual errors from the drivers ultimately let them down. Vettel’s crash in his home grand prix in Germany was a low-point for Scuderia. Lewis Hamilton went on to win his fifth world title and Mercedes continued its dominance of modern-day Formula 1.
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