FIA President and former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt has insisted the man who replaced him at the Scuderia can lead the team back to the top.
Stefano Domenicali is yet to win a championship in charge of the fabled Italian outfit, with their last drivers championship success coming in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen. After another disappointing start to a season again this year in Melbourne, Domenicali urged his team to not concentrate on the failure to build a car capable of winning races and instead focus on making improvements.
That has drawn a lot of criticism from a number of circles some of whom are questioning whether Ferrari can succeed with Domenicali at the helm.
Most recent to have his say is former Williams and current NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who suggested the team were only ever competitive because of Michael Schumacher. Todt believes Domenicali should ignore such negative comments.
“I was always criticised,” the Frenchman said.
“Even when we won a lot. They criticised us for winning too much and making the championship boring,” he reportedly told the Italian broadcaster Rai.
Todt even defended his successors record despite failing to capture a title with his nearest shot coming in 2012 when Fernando Alonso missed out to Sebastian Vettel in the last race in Brazil.
“In the past years Ferrari was always one of the protagonists even if they did not win a championship, but I am sure they will again,” he claimed.
“All I would say to Domenicali is that he should keep his feet on the ground and his focus on the real problems, not on what others are saying,” he added.
The problem for Ferrari seems to be not just focused on one area however with the new V6 engine apparently too heavy and under-powered while the F14-T also seems to be not as strong aerodynamically as their rivals.
Certainly their ‘dream team’ of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be hoping progress can be made quickly to catch the dominant Mercedes.
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