Ralf Schumacher notes connection: “Ferrari still suffers from Marchionne decisions”

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Ralf Schumacher notes connection: “Ferrari still suffers from Marchionne decisions”

Ralf Schumacher believes that Ferrari is still suffering from the team policy as drawn up by Sergio Marchionne. According to Schumacher, the problem is not with the car, but with the political decisions of the past, he says in an interview with Auto Bild. He is referring mainly to Marchionne’s idea to set up an all-Italian team, which looked more at nationality than quality.

Marchionne was the president of Ferrari until his death in 2018. His vision for the Italian racing stable was to have it one hundred percent Italian. This meant that only Italians were hired at the time. In principle, for example, the skills of the staff were not considered, but mainly the passports. According to Schumacher, Ferrari is still suffering from this policy.

Schumacher believes it can’t just be the car. “They have done a good job if you look at the chassis and the engine, the problem is mainly with the reliability, but also with the pit stops and last season was also a lot due to the drivers’ strategy and mistakes,” said the German. .

Schumacher: “Not everyone was Italian during the glory years of Ferrari”

According to Schumacher, the idea behind Vasseur’s appointment was that he could solve it for a while, but it is not that easy. “I think Ferrari is still suffering from the idea of ​​having an all-Italian team,” Schumacher said. ‘For example with Binotto, who had the knowledge but lacked assertiveness. He was too close to Ferrari to make the right decisions, but anyway, nationality is what counts.’

Compared to the glory years of Ferrari, Schumacher does not understand why there is such a problem with foreigners within the team. “After 2000 Ferrari did very well and then there were mainly foreigners at the helm,” Schumacher notes. “Think of Jean Todt, but also of Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne, who gave the drivers the freedom they needed.” This year it is no longer possible for Ferrari, Schumacher believes. “I would have liked it, some excitement for the world title, but I don’t see it happening again.”

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