A podium, a double failure, only three points in three races: This is the lean interim balance of Ferrari in the Formula One season 2020. However, it is not the worst start in a Grand Prix year that the traditional team from Maranello has ever put together. This shows a look at the extensive Formula One history of Ferrari.
For example, the team had started the season 2006 with exactly the same basic data, back then with Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher. And after the bumpy start Ferrari was in second place behind Renault in both World Championships.
1993, however, at the beginning of the season almost nothing had happened at Ferrari: Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger only made a sixth place in the three races at the beginning of the year and came to four laps.
Only slightly better had 1986 Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson cut for Ferrari: also four runs, a fourth place. In both cases, there was still a WM ranking four at the end of the year.
That such a failure does not have to result in a complete failure, as the Formula One season 1982 shows: Three failures, a disqualification and a sixth place beat Didier Pironi and Gilles Villeneuve after three Grand Prix to book. Ferrari still won the designer award.
The year before, the same drivers had the worst possible Ferrari season ticket, if the first three seasonal races are considered as a benchmark: Pironi and Villeneuve did not reach the finish line once and only in the fourth race in the points. The season 1981 decided Ferrari in WM ranking five.
The curious World Championship statistics
And 2020? Another special Ferrari statistic excludes at least the title win by a Ferrari driver: Since the 1950’s no Ferrari representative has won the driver’s license as long as the youngest Ferrari World Champion was still active in Formula 1.
Examples: Juan-Manuel Fangio was first world champion on Ferrari (1956), After Alberto Ascari was killed (1955). Niki Lauda won the title (1974) when John Surtees had already finished his career (1972). And Michael Schumacher stopped for the first time (2006), before Kimi became the World Champion for Ferrari (2007).
This curious statistic suggests: As long as there is a reigning king, there is no new Ferrari World Champion. The former champion is still under contract with Alfa Romeo by the end of 2020.
However, King of the line has already withdrawn from formula 1 (2009) and returned. And at Lauda (first resignation before Jody Scheckter 1979’s title win) and Schumacher, the special series was only held in front of him due to a formula-1 break”.