Everything was planned to make it a beautiful celebration. An F1 Grand Prix organized to celebrate its 1000th race, for the first time, on the Tuscan circuit, owned by Ferrari.
There will even be a few spectators as so far all races this year have been held behind closed doors due to coronavirus. The two cars will also feature a special livery evoking the blood red of the Ferraris of yesteryear.
But Ferrari seems to be on the mat: no car in the points at Spa, two withdrawals at Monza, the results of the last two Grand Prix are catastrophic. “We hope that the next one, which is an important date with the 1000th Grand Prix, will be a little better but the car is certainly not where we would like it to be,” warned Scuderia chief Mattia. Binotto. Even Toto Wolff, boss of the rival Mercedes team, laments that Ferrari is not up to the task of raising the interest of Grand Prix.
This is not the first time since its first Grand Prix that Ferrari has gone through a difficult patch. The only manufacturer to have taken part in every F1 world championship since 1950, however, it was not present for the first Grand Prix in Great Britain due to a grim history of starting bonuses.
Last title in 2008
It was not until the next, in Monaco, that Enzo Ferrari set off his shiny cars. However, it was not until 1952 for a driver to become world champion with the Italian Alberto Ascari and 1961 to see the Scuderia (stable in Italian) titled in the constructors' championship, created in 1958.
Since then, Ferrari has won sixteen manufacturer titles, the last in 2008, and 15 driver titles, the last time with Finland's Kimi Räikkönen in 2007.