It has been long known that Mr E has had a soft spot for his boy, Sebastian Vettel. And this love of ‘finger boy’ has compelled the octogenarian to speak out against Scuderia Ferrari in the Austrian press yesterday.
Speedweek reported today the ‘Italians have no DNA for success’ and that the team reminds him of the horror days of the early nineties where the Italian marque fell well and truly from grace.
Indeed a ‘permanent crisis’ is occurring at Maranello and the F1 boss (for now) advises that Vettel should have a greater influence within the team.
“Ferrari has fallen back to the time before Schumacher and Todt” says Ecclestone
Vettel had made it clear that his desire to win with Ferrari was inspired by Michael Schumacher’s dominant period of the early noughties. Schumacher timed his move to Ferrari with perfection, coinciding with some drastic changes by the team to rectify the poor run of results for the best part of 20 years previously. Many Italians were moved aside for new blood from outside Italy – namely Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt.
This is again the problem with Ferrari, says Ecclestone.
“There are too many Italians working there,” he complains, implying mentality problems.
“Nothing against Italy, but successfully leading a team is not anchored in their DNA.”
“Ferrari needs fresh blood,” says Ecclestone. “I’m sure Sebastian is doing everything in his power to succeed. The question is how much they can do it.”
Nevertheless, the 86-year-old does not expect Vettel to leave Maranello soon – because he wanted to fulfill his task and replicate his hero Schumacher.
Time will tell, but F1 fans can still expect to hear and enjoy the radio transmissions lambasting the team, blue flags, Charlie Whiting et al by ‘finger boy’ for at least another season or two.