Mugello (dpa) – The place where Ferrari is contesting its 1000th Grand Prix entry in Formula 1 this weekend has also played a special role in Michael Schumacher’s career.
“To me Mugello is a symbol of what was created then,” said his manager Sabine Kehm. At the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Schumacher once drove numerous test laps to further optimize the racing cars of the traditional Italian brand and lay the foundation for Ferrari’s most successful period.
Schumacher won five driver titles in a row with the Scuderia from 2000 to 2004. In addition, the now 51-year-old world record champion led the racing team with the famous red car to six constructors’ triumphs from 1999 to 2004.
Ferrari is worlds away from such successes prior to the Tuscan Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit. Since the end of the era with Schumacher and Jean Todt as team principal and Ross Brawn as technical director, Ferrari has won the driver’s title only once (Kimi Räikkönen 2007) and the team championship twice (2007 and 2008).
The Scuderia is currently in crisis with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and his stable Monaco rival Charles Leclerc. The “La Gazzetta dello Sport” wrote about the “year zero”.