Former F1 driver Christijan Albers believes Ferrari ought to take a leaf out of Mercedes’ book and put their faith in young designers. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were left to wonder what might have been last season after seeing Mercedes streak to a sixth successive title double.
Ferrari’s engines were powerful enough to compete with the W10 cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, but their overall package let them down.
Mercedes were once again in supreme form at pre-season testing in Barcelona last month, while Ferrari’s Vettel and Leclerc struggled to keep up.
Albers, who drove for Minardi, Midland and Spyker in F1, has now offered his verdict on what’s gone wrong for the sport’s most famous team.
And he’s called upon Mattia Binotto and co. to roll the dice in order to give the Prancing Horse a chance of returning to the top of the drivers’ and constructors’ standings.
“Ferrari’s problem is that it still hasn’t found the right people together,” Albers told Dutch outlet Formule 1.
“In addition to a driver’s market you have a designer market. And I think Ferrari is still looking for the best designer with the most experience.
“They should take a risk with that. Bringing in young talents and then building a team to become a world champion, just like Mercedes did.”
Ferrari are confident they have improved some aspects of their car compared to last season, but team principal Binotto admits their engine is not as powerful.
“I think in terms of overall performance on the power and the engine we are not as strong as we were last year,” Binotto said.
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“As I said as well we focused somehow on reliability and somehow compromising eventually the performance.
“But the drag is significantly affecting the speed, but I think when looking for better speed you look both for the driver and power of the engine so we will work on both items in the future, no doubt.
“Drag is the one you may eventually address earlier compared to the power unit – the power unit you need to wait at least for the second unit.”
Ferrari’s form so far this year contrasts to that from 12 months ago, which led them to arrive at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as favourites.
They’ll be eager to turn the tables at next week’s race in Melbourne and copy Mercedes, who saw Bottas and Hamilton secure a one-two in 2019.
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