Frenchman Jean Alesi believes there is no point in criticising Scuderia Ferrari, with the former F1 and Ferrari driver saying it does “no good” for the Italian team. They should support their team as he points his finger at the Italian supporters.
In recent weeks, Scuderia Ferrari has come under fire for controversial strategic decisions in races such as the last Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, where Ferrari put hard tyres on Charles Leclerc’s car at a time when the Monegasque was fighting for a potential victory. In the end, Leclerc crossed the finish line in sixth place that day after seeing the performance of his car drop rapidly once he was on the track on hard tyres.
Between poor reliability and strategic blunders, Ferrari has ‘stolen’ 108 points from Leclerc since the start of the year, while the Monegasque himself is responsible for losing 32. But rather than criticise Ferrari, Jean Alesi called on the Tifosi to show their love.
“I want to address the angry and disappointed Ferrari fans,” says Alesi,
“It’s a rollercoaster season and that heightens the emotions and reactions. Dreaming of a victory turns a defeat into a sporting drama with a passion that reminds me of football cheers,” Jean Alesi told Corriere della Sera.
“I suffer thinking about Hungary. The weather changed the performance and there were mistakes even before the strategy. But criticising Ferrari is not good for any fan, it does not bring anything good to the team. I say this understanding every explosion because passion is made of strong feelings. We could analyse the race to try to understand the how and why but now it’s not necessary.”
“It serves rather, for my part, as an invitation to hold on, to consolidate, not to destroy. Because negativity brings no good, ever. Now I want to love this Ferrari because the Ferrari men are the first to suffer for every defeat, for every mistake that leads to a defeat.”
After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari still sits second in the constructors’ championship, 97 points behind Red Bull and 30 points ahead of Mercedes.