Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber is unsure that Ferrari has the right people to help Sebastian Vettel revive its fortunes and end the team’s drivers’ title drought.
Ferrari has not won a drivers’ championship since Kimi Raikkonen’s success in 2007, with its last constructors’ crown coming in 2008.
Since then, there have been a number of near-misses, and hopes were high for 2016 as Ferrari looked to cut the gap to Mercedes at the front of the pack.
However, a winless first half of the year has resulted in Ferrari slipping behind Red Bull in the teams’ pecking order, making a breakthrough seem as far away as ever.
Speaking to Auto Bild in Germany, Webber said that Ferrari’s difficulties must be frustrating for Vettel and Raikkonen despite their public comments downplaying the problems.
“Sebastian and Kimi are doing what they can. They’re protecting the team a lot in the media, but inside they’ll know that the team needs to get better,” Webber said.
“Every week they not been able to make the most of their potential with penalties or strategy mistakes, it’s frustrating for the drivers.”
Webber said there was “no doubt” Vettel could lead Ferrari to success, before adding: “But he needs the right people and I’m not sure if they have them at the moment.
“Ferrari is under constant media pressure, always needing to deliver.
“You can see with Sebastian that it can be frustrating, but his experience will help him.”