FERRARI - THE WONDER YEARS
For sustained dominance, nothing comes close in Formula 1 World Championship history to that enjoyed by Ferrari between
2000-’04. But Maranello’s resurgence was already gathering momentum in 1996, Schumacher’s first season with the team.
2004 - THE STATS
The most dominant of Michael Schumacher’s
five-straight titles with Ferrari, backed up by
Rubens Barrichello’s second in the final points.
RISE, RISE AGAIN…AND DECLINE
Success didn’t end with Schuey’s retirement. Two more constructors’ titles and a drivers’ crown for Kimi Raikkonen followed.
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good for the greater good.
Di Montezemolo had created a
monster and had lost his grip on it. In
1999, he’d had to order Schumacher to
return from injury to assist teammate
Eddie Irvine’s unexpected title bid, and his
plan to sign Hakkinen was vetoed by Todt.
Di Montezemolo didn’t like egg on his
face. So, when a dramatic rules change –
one set of tires per GP – caused the team
to lose its grip in 2005, he convinced
himself it was running out of steam. With
one eye on the future and the other on
the main chance, he signed Raikkonen.
espionage, in the form of passing a design
dossier to McLaren. Even Todt couldn’t
shrug these off. And the bubble finally burst.
The remnants rode the wave with
considerable success, albeit without a
world title since 2008’s constructors’
crown. But now, after more bloodletting –
di Montezemolo was knifed in 2014 – and
captained by another hard-nosed German,
it must consolidate if it’s to peak again.
Otherwise it will fail to catch that very
real pretender to this throne, the
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One
Team: non-executive chairman, N. Lauda.
He’d wanted to weaken allegiances, make
the team more Latin, give it a more human
face. Yet he’d not only underestimated its
power of recovery – if not for an engine blowup, its first since France 2000, Schumacher
might have become ’06 world champion –
but also its solidarity: one out, all out.
No doubt Schumacher, bamboozled by
political sleight of hand and saddened by
personal slight, deserved better and could
have handled it better. But, with his bluff
called, Brawn went on a “sabbatical”
never to return, and Stepney went off the
rails and was accused and convicted of
Born of aristocracy, the
Italian was a master of
negotiating Ferrari and
Fiat politics. But in
2014, even he was
forced to resign as
president of Ferrari.
(ABOVE) Putting a
brave face on it...
retirement at the end
of 2006. But forcing a
smile seems a little
more difficult for Jean
Todt (to Schuey’s
right), perhaps ruing
Luca di Montezemolo’s
decision to oust the
ahead 7 times)