Former Ferrari F1 test team director Luigi Mazzola, who in 2016 joined the Venturi Formula E team as technical director, recently reflected on the Maranello team and Sebastian Vettel’s struggles with the 2019 F1 car.
After gaining a PhD from the Politecnico di Torino university in Italy, Mazzolo went to work immediately for Scuderia Ferrari. He would remain at the red team almost exclusively until 2009, working with a constellation of luminaries including Alan Prost, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt.
During the Race Anatomy broadcast on Sky Italia, engineer Luigi Mazzola, a former member of the Ferrari team during the Michael Schumacher era, explained how in his opinion Sebastian Vettel is experiencing more technical than mental problems in 2019. The four-time Formula One world champion prefers driving with a very stable and balanced rear end because it brings a lot of speed when entering the corners while with the SF90 car, Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc is much better as you have to enter the curve braking straight with a firm braking and with less speed when cornering. The chronic understeer of the car is given by an oversteer in the entry of the curve probably given by the high speeds of the Power Unit, by an outwash aerodynamics and by an extreme concept of car as a whole compared to rivals Mercedes, according to former Scuderia Ferrari engineer Luigi Mazzola.