Luca di Montezemolo reveals that Ferrari has hired engineers with zero qualifications for Formula One, specifically people from the regular car markets and not those with any F1 experience.
Invited on RTL, Luca di Montezemolo spoke about the difficulties that Ferrari is facing at the moment.
The former CEO of the scuderia did not mince his words and believes that the major problem for the Scuderia is that it has not been able to recruit high-quality engineers, as was the case a few years ago in the time of James Allison.
And yet, it is not for lack of trying.
Adrian Newey and more recently the head of the Mercedes engine department, Andy Cowell, were approached to set up shop in Maranello, but to no avail. Clearly, Ferrari is no longer a dream come true!
For Luca di Montezemolo, his successors underestimated the task at hand, to the extent that they were forced to hire engineers from the “general public” car division, who were therefore poorly qualified for Formula 1.
“The switch to hybrid engines in 2014 has cost us dearly.” says Montezemolo,
“We underestimated the complexity of this project. In Italy, there was no experience with hybrid engines, but in Germany this was the case.
“But other, even more glaring problems emerged.
“The people who ran Ferrari after 2014 had neither experience nor competence in Formula 1.” reveals the Italian,
“They thought that winning would have been easy and underestimated everything.
“For example, it was a very big mistake to let James Allison walk away from the team.
“But in a moment, these things happen. The biggest mistake in my opinion was to hire engineers from the consumer car department.
“They didn’t have the necessary skills for Formula 1, which is a discipline that requires very special know-how. That’s something completely different.
“Enzo Ferrari used to say that you should always hire the best driver. This also applies to the engineers. To succeed, you have to work with the best, and they have to innovate to push the team up.”