Sergio Marchionne obviously learned a lesson last year, because this year the Ferrari boss is holding back with announcements before the season.
On the question of what he expects 2017 from Scuderia, he just meant: This year I am not falling into the trap. Let’s see what happens when the lights go out on the track.”To remember: The previous year, the Italian of Ferrari had demanded the World Cup title, or at least that the team fight for the World Cup until the last season. Marchionne defended herself against a goal that was not even nearly achieved.
This was due t o misinformation from the technical office led by James Allison. But even though the announcements are not coming out this year, Ferrari is by no means a quiet preparation: in Italian media it is said that technical director Mattia Binotto for Barcelona already has a B-version of the 2017er car, known internally under the name 668, The 72-year-old design guru Rory Byrne, one of the cornerstones of the successful Schumacher era, should also be involved. Ferrari has fallen behind Mercedes and Red Bull in terms of chassis. The South African should now help to make up for this deficit.
Ferrari is working tirelessly on the new Boliden
Marchionne tells Corriere dello Sport that this year the troop has been working on the new car without a winter break.” At Christmas they only had two days off, and they work around the clock. According to the Italian, the data is promising: “The car is running well, and the engine works great on the test bench.”
You have to wait for the first tests to know if this will also show up on the track. But Marchionne does not believe that Ferrari is now relying on the dominant Mercedes team to get the wrong idea when interpreting the new rules: “It would be wrong to think that way. You may not like them, but they’re good. Everything depends on us. We need to focus on how we can beat them.”