F1 »

Berger can’t see much change at Ferrari in F1 2017

Gerhard Berger: My heart is Ferrari and it hurts to criticise. But the reality is that it is on a downward spiral...
Gerhard Berger says he can't see that much will change at Ferrari in 2017 and the reality is that the team is on a downward spiral.

The Scuderia appeared to be making progress in 2015, and with Sebastian Vettel joining the team from Red Bull, claimed three wins. However, the team failed to move forward last year, slipping back to third in the Constructors' Championship, while neither Vettel or Kimi Raikkonen were able to win a race.

“Ferrari is sensitive to any criticism,” Berger said in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport last week, “and it is somehow the 'golden calf', which one must not touch. But the reality is that it is on a downward spiral.”

10 BIG reasons to get excited about F1 in 2017

“My heart is Ferrari and it hurts to criticise,” continued the former F1 pilot, who raced in the sport from 1984-1997, winning 10 grand's prix, “but the situation now is like this: Ferrari in 2015 with luck took some successes, and they assumed that was an achievement. But they are now really far from Mercedes and Red Bull. Somehow Ferrari is back where they were when I drove for them [from 1993 to 1995].”

Berger also added that he thinks Vettel misjudged just how hard it would be to take Ferrari back to the top and replicate what Michael Schumacher had done.

F1's best social media accounts... and why you should follow them

“He [Vettel] underestimated what Michael did at the time,” Berger confirmed. “Michael went to Ferrari, but with Benetton people in his luggage. When he arrived, Ferrari was in the state of today. Sebastian should have taken the step to Ferrari only if he could, as Michael did, [but with Benetton], take key figures from Red Bull along with him.

“I do not see there will be much change at Ferrari in 2017 and then Vettel will need to make a decision [about his future].”

Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst

by Rob Wilkins

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.06.2016 - Gerhard Berger (AUT)
03.09.2016 - Gerard Berger (AUT)
27.11.2016 - Race, Chalerm Yoovidhya, Red Bull Racing and Gerard Berger (AUT)
02.04.2016 - Free Practice 3, Nikki Lauda (AU), Mercedes and Gerard Berger (AUT)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


February 05, 2017 8:02 PM
Last Edited 143 days ago

  •   Reply
  •   0 agree
  •   3 disagree

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.