John Elkann, the chairman and CEO of Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, which owns stakes in Ferrari, is confident the iconic Maranello team will be able to win a Formula 1 title within the next four years after Ferrari was Red Bull’s closest challengers in the 2022 Formula 1 championship.
An F1 fixture, Scuderia Ferrari have been in the doldrums in recent years, but started the 2022 campaign very strong, while not being able to capitalize on the speed of the F1-75 car on multiple occasions during the first part of the season. Ferrari are currently second in the drivers’ and constructors’ championships as they get ready to race in front of the Tifosi in the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
John Elkann was interviewed by the Italian daily the Gazzetta Dello Sport and confirmed that he feels Charles Leclerc is in “pole position” to win a world title, which is missing in Maranello since Kimi Raikkonen’s victory in 2007 — in the following seasons.
The Monegasque driver is behind Max Verstappen by 109 points which leaves little hope for a title challenge in the final rounds of the current campaign. As a result, Ferrari is now focused on each individually race, trying to regain its speed from the first part of the season. Max Verstappen has never won at Monza and was take a five-place grid penalty ahead of qualifying on Saturday, which means Charles Leclerc should have a good opportunity to fight for the win at Monza:
“I have faith that between now and 2026 Ferrari will win a constructors’ and a drivers’ championship again,” said John Elkann – “We’ll do it before we reach 20 years of starvation… we’re lucky to have two great drivers at the wheel, probably the strongest pair in Formula One.”
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John Elkann, a scion of Italy’s powerful Agnelli family and CEO of their holding company Exor, has faith in under-fire team principle Mattia Binotto to deliver even though he said he wasn’t satisfied with results up to now.
“Satisfied no, because I think you can always do better. But I believe having shown faith in Binotto and his team was the right decision and has paid off. Thanks to him we’ve returned to being competitive.” – the Ferrari chairman added.