Ferrari – The Greatest F1 Racing Team? It is perhaps the best-known and most historic team in F1. They have competed in every F1 championship since the sport was officially launched in 1950. The team’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, is a legendary name in Formula One.
No other team can trace its history for the same time (even those who operated under different names in the past), and none have the historical pedigree unique to Ferrari. Some of the best Formula One drivers in the world (including Lewis Hamilton) have long dreamed of driving for the team in red.
They have won 16 world championships, and although they have experienced difficult times since they last won a contractors title, they have a depth and history that is Ferrari’s alone.
The History Of Ferrari F1
So where did it all start?
The Pre-War Years
The team was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. He started off by building cars for Alfa Romeo. In the early days, they had a team of forty drivers, most of whom raced in various Alfa Romeo 8C cars.
Enzo Ferrari raced himself until his son, Dino, was born in 1932. The infamous prancing horse first appeared in an Alpha Romeo in Belgium at the 1932 Spa 24 Hours.
In 1933 Alpha Romeo suffered financial difficulties and withdrew its in-house team from racing. From then on, Ferrari acted as the official Alpha Romeo racing team.
This biggest change happened when the Alpha Romeo factory was released for Ferrari Scuderia’s use of the up-to-date Monoposto Tipo B racers.
During 1935 Enzo and Luigi Bazzi produced the first Alfa Romeo Bimotore, the first car adorned with a Ferrari badge on the radiator cowl. 1937 was the year that Alfa Romeo bought all of the shares of Scuderia Ferrari.
In 1938 Alpha Romeo employed Enzo Ferrari as a full-time manager in their racing division.
Enzo and Alpha Romeo had a falling out, which resulted in Enzo being dismissed in 1939. This resulted in Enzo forming the Auto Avio Costruzioni Ferrari. He made a deal that he would not use the Ferrari name on his cars for four years.
In 1943 the company moved its headquarters to Maranello, which has since become its spiritual home and manufacturing base.
World War 2 broke out and all racing activities stopped until 1946. The company continued as a machine tools manufacturer until the factory was bombed in 1944.
Ferrari – The Post War Years
After the four-year naming restriction expired, the road car company changed its name to Ferrari S.p.A. The racing division changed its name to SEFAC.
In 1947 Enzo switched to building his own cars. Since then, outside of F1, the team has also won the following races.
- World Sportscar Championship
- 24 Hours of Le Mans
- 24 Hours of Spa
- 24 Hours of Daytona
- 12 Hours of Sebring
- Bathurst 12 Hour
- Road courses include the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia, and the Carrera Panamericana.
Ferrari Scuderia – The Name
Ferrari is named after the founder, Enzo Ferrari.
Scuderia is an Italian word meaning a stable used for racing horses and is also commonly applied to all Italian motor racing teams.
Ferrari – The Greatest F1 Racing Team? – The Prancing Horse
The prancing horse symbol was used on Francesco Baracca’s (an Italian world war 2 fighter ace) fighter plane.
Enzo adopted it as Ferrari’s logo after the fallen ace’s parents, who were close friends with Enzo Ferrari, suggested that he use the symbol as the logo of the Scuderia.
They hoped that this would bring the team good luck.
What Is The Official Name Of The F1 Team – Ferrari?
The teams official name is Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A.
Ferrari – The Greatest F1 Racing Team?
Enzo refused to race in the first event of 1950 (at Silverstone in the United Kingdom) due to a dispute with the organizers over “start money.”
Enzo also believed that the Ferrari cars powered by the 1.5l V12 would be trounced by the high performing 400 bhp Alfas with supercharged straight-eight cylinder engines.
Rather than suffering the ignominy of being defeated by Alpha Romeo (his old partner with whom he shared an adversarial relationship), he held off entry until they had a more competitive car.
Enzo built a naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V12 powered car to achieve this, which ended up dominating Alfa the following year.
Which Manufacturers Started Racing In Formula 1?
The first official formula one race was held at Silverstone in the United Kingdom. It was entered by the following racing teams.
|Team||Number Of Cars Raced||Car|
|Talbot Lagos||5 cars raced|
|Maserati||6 cars raced|
|ERAs||4 cars raced|
|Alta’s||2 cars raced|
|Alpha Romeo||4 Alfetta 158s cars raced|
The winner was Giuseppe “Nino” Farina driving one of the Alfa Romeo’s
Alfa and Maserati are the only manufacturers building regular road cars under the original brand names.
Special Benefits (Rules) Applicable To Ferrari
In 1987, Ferrari seriously considered abandoning Formula One and moving to the American IndyCar series.
The team used this threat as a bargaining tool with the FIA. It was not a false threat, as Ferrari had already developed the car they would use for IndyCar.
Enzo Ferrari finally offered to cancel the IndyCar Project in exchange for a commitment that the technical regulations would not change to exclude V12 engines.
This was ultimately agreed upon by the FIA agreed, and Ferrari canceled its IndyCar plans (even though they had already built a car!)
In 2009 it was finally revealed that Ferrari holds an FIA-sanctioned veto on any changes proposed to the technical regulations. No other teams have this right.
Ferrari F1 Sponsors
Until 1977 Ferrari resisted receiving any kind of sponsorship. In 1977 FIAT (Ferrari’s owners) placed a FIAT logo on the car.
Until then, the only companies that had any kind of representation on the cars were their technical partners Magneti Marelli, Brembo, and Agip.
Marlboro was one of Ferrari’s minor sponsors and had a logo on the car from the 1984 season.
In the 1996 season, tobacco company Philip Morris International (Marlboro cigarettes) switched its whole sponsorship from McLaren (with whom they had a 22-year relationship) to Ferrari. One of these results was that the team finally changed its official name to Scuderia Ferrari.
In 2005 Santander entered into a 5-year sponsorship agreement with Ferrari.
In 2022 the following companies sponsored Ferrari Scuderia.
- Ceva Logistics partnership
- Richard Mille
- Philip Morris International
- Mahle GmbH
- HARMAN Automotive
Ferrari’s Formula One Statistics
For a team that has raced for 72 consecutive years in F1, far fewer championship victories have been won than expected. The total of Ferrari’s championship wins in Formula One is summarized in the table below.
|Record||As A Team||As A Constructor|
|Most Constructors’ Championships||16||16|
|Most Drivers’ Championships||15||15|
|Most Grands Prix participated||1057||1057|
|Most Grands Prix started||1054||1055|
|Most podium finishes||793 (in 603 races)||798 (in 606 races)|
|Most 1–2 finishes||84||85|
|Most pole positions||242||242|
|Most Constructors’ Championship points||9292|
|Most Drivers’ Championship points||9884.79|
|Most fastest laps||258||259|
|The seasons with the most wins||20 (1994–2013)||20 (1994–2013)|
Last Ferrari F1 Champion
The Ferrari drivers who won the 15 Ferraris driver championships are listed below.
|Alberto Ascari||1952, 1953||Italy|
|Juan Manuel Fangio||1956||Argentina|
|Mike Hawthorn||1958||United Kingdom|
|Phil Hill||1961||United States|
|John Surtees||1964||United Kingdom|
|Niki Lauda||1975, 1977||Austria|
|Jody Scheckter||1979||South Africa|
|Michael Schumacher||2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004||Germany|
Ferrari Team Principals
In recent years, one of the team’s weaknesses has been the lack of continuity with the team principals. The team principals through the years are listed below.
Team principals do not stay long at Ferrari, and continuity has affected their performance.
On average, team principals only stay for 2.9 years. If you remove the two longest-serving team principals (Jean Todt and Stefano Domenicali), the situation worsens, with the average stay reducing to 2 years. It’s almost as if the team is at war with itself.
|Luca Cordero di Montezemolo||1974–1975||Italian||1|
It is interesting that Jean Todt was the longest serving principal and also achieved the highest number of championship wins. Something for Ferrari to think about in terms of maintaining continuity.
Ferrari – The Greatest F1 Racing Team? Winning Percentages
Ferrari has achieved the following percentage of wins.
- Constructors’ Championships winning percentage: 24.6%
- Drivers’ Championships winning percentage: 20.5%
- The team entered 1057 races (and started 1055.)
- It has won 242 races.
- Winning percentage: 22.9%.
Ferrari – The Greatest F1 Racing Team – Engines
It is the only F1 team to have competed in the series every season. Since 1951 Ferrari has manufactured 69 different Formula vehicles.
Since 1951, F1 cars powered by Ferrari engines have achieved the following.
- With two hundred forty-one wins, cars powered by Ferrari engines have won more F1 races than any other engine manufacturer.
- The Ferrari engines have achieved 232 pole positions.
- Ferrari engines have achieved 257 fastest laps.
From the outset, Ferrari has built its own engines. Over the years, the team has also provided engines to the following teams.
- Minardi (1991)
- Scuderia Italia (1992–1993)
- Sauber (1997–2005 with engines badged as ‘Petronas,’ and 2010–2018)
- Prost (2001, badged ‘Acer’)
- Red Bull Racing (2006)
- Spyker (2007)
- Scuderia Toro Rosso (2007–2013, 2016)
- Force India (2008).
- Marussia (2014–2015).
- Haas F1 Team (2016 – Current)
- Alfa Romeo Racing (2019 – Current)
After the regulation changed in 2014, Cosworth stopped producing engines.
Ferrari F1 Drivers By Year
The following lists all of the drivers that have competed in Ferrari in Formula One
|Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts||Drivers Champs||Nationality|
|Carlos Sainz, Jr.||2021-present||81||0|
|Kimi Räikkönen||2007-2009, 2014-2018||152||1|
|Driver Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts||Driver Champs|
|Finland Mika Salo||1999||6||0|
|Germany Michael Schumacher||1996-2006||180||5|
|United Kingdom Eddie Irvine||1996-1999||65||0|
|Italy Nicola Larini||1992, 1994||4||0|
|Italy Ivan Capelli||1992||14||0|
|France Jean Alesi||1991-1995||79||0|
|Italy Gianni Morbidelli||1991||1||0|
|France Alain Prost||1990-1991||30||0|
|Driver Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts||Driver Champs|
|United Kingdom Nigel Mansell||1989-1990||31||0|
|Austria Gerhard Berger||1987-1989, 1993-1995||97||0|
|Sweden Stefan Johansson||1985-1986||31||0|
|Italy Michele Alboreto||1984-1988||80||0|
|France René Arnoux||1983-1985||32||0|
|France Patrick Tambay||1982-1983||21||0|
|France Didier Pironi||1981-1982||25||0|
|South Africa Jody Scheckter||1979-1980||28||1|
|Drivers Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts||Driver Champs|
|Canada Gilles Villeneuve||1977-1982||66||0|
|Argentina Carlos Reutemann||1976-1978||34||0|
|Switzerland Clay Regazzoni||1970-1972, 1974-1976||72||0|
|Austria Niki Lauda||1974-1977||57||2|
|Italy Nanni Galli||1972||1||0|
|Italy Arturo Merzario||1972-1973||11||0|
|United States Mario Andretti||1971-1972, 1982||12||0|
|Italy Ignazio Giunti||1970||4||0|
|Drivers Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts||Driver Champs|
|Belgium Jacky Ickx||1968, 1970-1973||55||0|
|Italy Andrea de Adamich||1968||1||0|
|United Kingdom Derek Bell||1968||2||0|
|New Zealand Chris Amon||1967-1969||27||0|
|United Kingdom Jonathan Williams||1967||1||0|
|United Kingdom Mike Parkes||1966-1967||6||0|
|Italy Nino Vaccarella||1965||1||0|
|United States Bob Bondurant||1965||1||0|
|Mexico Pedro Rodríguez||1964-1965, 1969||8||0|
|United Kingdom John Surtees||1963-1965||30||1|
|Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti||1963-1967||6||0|
|Italy Lorenzo Bandini||1962-1967||35||0|
|Italy Giancarlo Baghetti||1962||4||0|
|Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez||1961-1962||5||0|
|United States Richie Ginther||1960-1961||10||0|
|Belgium Willy Mairesse||1960-1963||10||0|
|Drivers Name||Duration||Grand Prix Starts||Drivers Champs|
|France Jean Behra||1959||3||0|
|United Kingdom Cliff Allison||1959-1960||6||0|
|United States Dan Gurney||1959||4||0|
|United Kingdom Tony Brooks||1959||7||0|
|United States Phil Hill||1958-1962||31||1|
|Italy Cesare Perdisa||1957||1||0|
|Germany Wolfgang von Trips||1957-1961||25||0|
|Belgium Olivier Gendebien||1956, 1958-1961||8||0|
|Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio||1956||7||1|
|Spain Alfonso de Portago||1956-1957||5||0|
|Italy Luigi Musso||1956-1958||15||0|
|United Kingdom Peter Collins||1956-1958||20||0|
|Belgium André Pilette||1956||1||0|
|Belgium Paul Frère||1955-1956||3||0|
|United States Harry Schell||1955||1||0|
|Italy Eugenio Castellotti||1955-1957||11||0|
Who Drives For Ferrari F1
The current (2023) Ferrari F1 drivers are listed below.
The 2023 drivers’ standings (after the third race) are listed below.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||69|
|2||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||54|
|3||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin F1 Team||45|
|4||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG F1||38|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Ferrari||20|
|6||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin F1 Team||20|
|7||George Russell||Mercedes AMG F1||18|
|8||Lando Norris||McLaren Racing||8|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Haas F1||6|
|10||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari||6|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Racing||4|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Alpine F1||4|
|13||Oscar Piastri||McLaren Racing||4|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Alpine F1||4|
|15||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo Racing||2|
|16||Yuki Tsunoda||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||1|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1||1|
|18||Alexander Albon||Williams Racing||1|
|19||Logan Sargeant||Williams Racing||0|
|20||Nyck de Vries||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||0|
Youngest Ferrari F1 Driver
The youngest Ferrari driver was Ricardo Rodriguez, representing his hometown of Mexico City, Mexico.
Conclusion – Ferrari – The Greatest F1 Racing Team?
Ferrari’s glory days may seem to be behind them. Our view is don’t write this historical team off. They have bounced back in the past and, with the right management and drivers, will do so again.