That latest farce led to 2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg slating the Scuderia by stating that "even Formula 2 or Formula 3 teams do a better job at their strategy and pit stops than Ferrari", and that changes were necessary. He was not the first to make such a remark, nor is he likely to be the last.
The response from Ferrari's normally calm, mild-mannered team principal Mattia Binotto was understandably sharp. "It is so easy to speak when you are outside," retorted Binotto. "I can do the job he is doing and simply criticise.
"But we will not change people. That is the answer to Rosberg. It has been proven in this sport that what is more important is simply stability and that we make sure we are improving day-by-day and race-by-race. We have great people, we are a great team. I have no doubt about that. It takes years and experience for all teams to be at the front, and there is no reason why it should be different to ourselves." It was a staunch defence, but in such words, leaders rise or fall.
Up next for Ferrari and Binotto, a race on home turf at Monza where forgiveness and understanding will be in short supply from the Tifosi if further mistakes are made in front of them. With both titles now almost out of reach, if Ferrari wanted to salvage a semblance of respect from this season, it has to start this weekend.
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