Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes Ferrari needs to “question” certain decisions it has made after suffering a dramatic performance slump this year.

Ferrari locked out the front-row at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix but in qualifying for this year’s race at Spa-Francorchamps, the team was left battling against an embarrassing elimination in Q1.

In the end both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were able to progress to Q2 but that was as far as the Scuderia cars would proceeed, as Ferrari failed to get at least one of its SF1000s into the top 10 in qualifying for the first time this season.


Leclerc and Vettel ultimately qualified 13th and 14th in Belgium as Ferrari was only faster than the Williams, Alfa Romeo and Haas cars.

Much of Ferrari’s struggles this year have come after a significant loss in engine performance following a series of rule clarifications issued over the winter that ultimately led the team to reach a private settlement with the FIA over its controversial 2019 power unit in February.

Commenting on Ferrari’s lack of performance, Wolff said: “Ferrari is an iconic brand and they should be racing at the very front.

“It’s not good for Formula 1, not good for the competition at the front and I very much feel for all the Tifosi for this lack of performance.

“But at the end, one must question the priorities that have been set in recent times and where the lack of performance comes from.”

“Overall, nobody from the fans and the Ferrari people, deserve such a result.”

Asked to clarify what he meant by priorities, Wolff replied: “It’s wrong to say Ferrari’s priorities because that drags Ferrari and everybody at Ferrari into this.

“It’s maybe the decisions that have been made within the team from certain members of the team.”

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