(ats) During the first GP of the season in Austria, Charles Leclerc miraculously snatched 2nd place. But the car’s difficulties were already evident. During the GP of Styria, Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel then collided on the first lap and retired and during the GP of Hungary 10 days ago, the two Italian cars finished more than one lap behind Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes.

“This year, we are not competitive mainly because of a series of design errors of the car,” said John Elkann in the Gazzetta dello Sport. “We had a series of structural weaknesses that have been around for a long time, especially in aerodynamics. We also lost engine power. The reality is that our car is not competitive. It has been seen on the track and it is happening. will see again, “he added.

According to the boss of the FCA group, Ferrari’s difficulties are old. “The sports sector is undoubtedly going through a difficult period. We have not won the constructors ‘championship since 2008 and the drivers’ championship since 2007,” he said. But the grandson of Gianni Agnelli, on the other hand, is confident for the future.

“We are laying the groundwork to be competitive and start winning again when the rules change in 2022,” he said. He reaffirmed that the Scuderia team principal Mattia Binotto was in his opinion the man for the job. “Complete confidence! He has all the skills and characteristics to open a new cycle of victories,” said Elkann.