Spa-Francorchamps (dpa) – According to Toto Wolff, Ferrari is also damaging the entire Formula 1 with its serious sports crisis.
“Ferrari is an iconic brand. You have to fight at the front,” said the industry leader’s team principal and successful Mercedes racing team after the recent severe setback to the Scuderia. Both Ferrari drivers struggled to advance to the second qualifying round for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel finished 14th, Charles Leclerc 13th, the Scuderia in Spa-Francorchamps is worlds away from winning opportunities after the successes of Vettel in 2018 and Leclerc in 2019. Both drivers missed the lead one and a half to two seconds earlier in practice .
“It’s not good for Formula 1. It’s not good for the fight at the top,” emphasized Wolff, whose team has been the undisputed top of the racing series for years and is on its way to the seventh consecutive driver’s title and seventh consecutive triumph. from the manufacturer. Mercedes took seven out of seven pole positions this year, while superstar Lewis Hamilton (4) and his teammate Valtteri Bottas (1) have won five of the six races so far.
Wolff said he was suffering with the Tifosi. But you also need to question recent priorities at Scuderia and discuss where the performance gap is coming from. “It’s about the decisions made by some of the people on the team,” said the 48-year-old Austrian, without specifying the criticism further. None of the fans and the Ferrari people deserved such results.
At the end of this season, Vettel will have to leave the team, the contract of the four-time world champion was not renewed.