Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says Ferrari’s poor performance this year is “not good for Formula 1” and a result of decisions made by “certain members of the team”.
The team has admitted its power unit is not as strong this year following changes made to the regulations in response the FIA’s investigation into its engine last year. However it also said there are other shortcomings in the SF-1000 it needs to address.
Wolff said it is not good for Formula 1 that its most famous team is struggling so badly.
“Ferrari is an iconic brand and they should be racing at the very front,” he said. “It’s not good for Formula 1, it’s not good for the competition at the front.
“I very much feel with all the Tifosi and employees of Ferrari for this lack of performance. At the end one must question the priorities that have been set in recent times and where the lack of performance comes from. But overall nobody from the fans and the Ferrari deserve such a result.”
Decisions made by specific individuals within Ferrari are to blame for the team’s situation, said Wolff.
“It’s wrong to say ‘Ferrari priorities’, because that drags Ferrari and everybody in 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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