In a lengthy interview with the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, former Scuderia Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine discussed the situation at Maranello team, painting a rather uninspiring picture for those eager to see the Prancing Horse back at the top of the Formula One rankings.
According to the Irishman, after the revolution that took place this winter, the Maranello team may take at least a couple of years to regain competitiveness in terms of the Formula One championship. Here are some of his most important thoughts and comments:
Eddie Irvine: “If you change the structure, you cannot expect immediate progress”
“You cannot change the team structure and expect progress,” says Eddie Irvine when asked about Ferrari’s performance in this early part of the 2023 Formula 1 season. He illustrates his idea with the following analogy: “It’s like cutting down a tree to make it grow bigger and stronger; you have to give it time. I’m not sure if it was the right choice, but once made, you have to wait for the plant to grow back.” – the former Ferrari man pointed out in his interview for La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Having expressed this concept, Irvine also delivers his verdict: “I don’t think Ferrari can return to the top before two or three years.” Therefore, according to Eddie Irvine, it is still impossible to form an opinion on the work of the new team principal, Frederic Vasseur: “It takes at least two years. His work is not assessable after just a few months.” – Eddie Irvine concluded.