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Former Ferrari engineer questions leadership at F1 team

Mauro Forghieri knows a thing or two about the inner workings at Ferrari, having worked for the team for countless years. However he isn't convinced the current management team have what it takes to lead the team forward.

Ferrari are hopeful the updates they've made for 2021 will help the team bounce back from a disappointing 2020 campaign, but former engineer Mauro Forghieri isn't so sure the pieces are in place for a swift bounce back.

The 86-year-old is a legendary figure at the Scuderia, having designed cars that claimed four drivers' championships to go along with eight constructors' titles during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Forghieri expects Ferrari to bounce back after taking it on the chin last season, but he believes the team is still lacking the leadership needed fully turn around the operation.

"Normally when you make a mistake you tend to react," Forghieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "In the past, the best teams have always battled back after having a bad year.

"Ferrari have the means and the men to bounce back, but I don't know if they have someone who knows how to lead. Today it is essential to have someone who knows how to do that, who knows how to pick men and put them in the right place."

Charles Leclerc will be joined by Carlos Sainz in 2021, and Forghieri believes having drivers that are fully immersed in the team's operation are key.

"You must have quick drivers, otherwise you aren't pushed when it comes to planning out the car and it takes away your will to push the limits," Forghieri added. "Today, drivers have more responsibility than back in my day. Back then all you needed to do was drive fast. Now, you have must have an advance automotive culture.

"They must be able to influence the project while directing development as well."


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