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Ferrari boss attempts to buy time

It's been a poor few seasons for Ferrari.

The teams last victory came on May 12th 2013 when Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix.

The teams last Formula One constructors title came in 2008 when the combination of Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa took the title for a second consecutive season.

In 2007 Ferrari took both titles with Kimi Räikkönen taking the Formula One World Drivers Championship.

Since then the team from Maranello have struggled, Fernando Alonso has often out-performed the car and flirted with taking the title, but during an era of Red Bull Racing dominance, it was clear Ferrari hadn't really provided the car to compete.

Since the departure of Stefano Domenicali in April, Ferrari have restructured the Formula One team with Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci spear heading the changes.

He believes Ferrari are setting up a three-year-plan, but with the pressure on Ferrari do they really have three-years to get it right?

The likes of Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso certainly wouldn't want to hang around if they can help it for example?

“We are basically setting up a strategy that is going to be for the next three years and that is probably for sure going to see Ferrari go back to the top in Formula 1 and succeed,” Mattiacci told Sky Sports.

“I think Ferrari is one of the most impressive, iconic franchises in the world - that is, so many opportunities that lie ahead of us that I think we are going to create impressive value. But first is to go back to winning the World Championship.”

“You have seen how long it took for Mercedes to arrive here. You have seen how long it took Red Bull to achieve what it achieved, I guess we are starting from quite a strong baseline – we have, as I said at the beginning, important assets, we have a tradition. Having said that, we need to improve some kind of strategy, some kind of bias to the way we work. [To remove] some kind of short-term approach to the racing activities, to the technical activities.

“So, as I said, it is going to take a while. This not soccer: you don’t change the coach and buy two players and you are going to win next year’s championship.”








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Date:Monday September 1 2014

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