Piero Ferrari: At times it’s hard for me to identify with modern F1

Piero Ferrari, the son of team founder Enzo Ferrari, hopes the legendary Maranello team stays in top-flight forever but laments that, from his perspective, modern Formula 1 is, at times, hard to comprehend and identify with.

Currently, while the 2021 regulations have now been published, the teams and manufacturers are so far all officially uncommitted to the sport beyond 2020.

Interestingly, the Scuderia broke from an earlier unofficial alliance with Mercedes and Red Bull and actually voted for the 2021 rules. But the Italian team is still yet to sign a 2021 Concorde Agreement.

“We’ve been in Formula 1 from year one, and it remains important that we are here, full of passion and ambition,” Piero Ferrari told Rai Radio 1.

“I would like Ferrari to be able to keep its two souls forever – on the one hand, building our beautiful GT cars and, on the other hand, race for victories in Formula 1. That is what my father always wished for, and we are all still living this dream today,” added the 74-year-old.

On the track, Ferrari’s 2019 season has been one of ups and downs, but more of the latter: beaten once again to the title despite having one of the strongest overall packages.

“Sportingly, my father had much worse moments than this,” Piero recalled, but also made clear that there are now things about Formula 1 that his father would not have agreed with.

One of them is the August shutdown. Ferrari said his father even hated the August public holiday Ferragosto, “He could not stand that holiday. He was much happier if he could do a test at Fiorano on August 15.

“Today, it seems to me that everything is forbidden in Formula 1 – testing in the season, engine development. At times it’s hard for me to identify with modern Formula 1,” lamented Piero.

Finally, after Ferrari chairman John Elkann’s recent admission of anger, Piero Ferrari alluded to his own irritation at the recent crash between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

“To win you must have both a car that is 100pc from the first to the last lap and a driver who does not make mistakes and knows how to use 100pc of the machine’s performance,” ventured the Ferrari scion.