Ferrari facing first winless season in 21 years

© F1 Pulse, 3 September 2014
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The last time Ferrari went through an entire season without winning a single race was in 1993 and although seven races remain in the current championship, there's little hope that it could feature on the top step of the podium this year.

Williams, McLaren and Benetton won the 16 races during the 1993 season with Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher taking the honours.

This season only Mercedes and Red Bull have won a race – as has been since May last year when Fernando Alonso emerged victorious in Spain – with only feuding teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and Daniel Ricciardo earning maximum points in a Grand Prix.

With the Italian GP up next, Ferrari can do little to offer its home fans any hope of celebrations even if Alonso has managed to stand on the podium in every race he competed at Monza with Ferrari since 2010.

This season, Alonso has been on the rostrum just twice in 12 GPs.

ALONSO AT MONZA IN A FERRARI
SEASON 2010 2011 2012 2013
GRID 1 4 10 5
RACE 1 3 3 2

"I've been lucky enough in these last four years with Ferrari to get to the podium four times and it would be fantastic to make it five," said the Spaniard. "It's a very optimistic goal because unfortunately this year, we haven’t been on the podium too often. We must be realistic, as this will be another defensive and uphill race for us.

"This year has definitely been the toughest in the five I've been with Ferrari, in coming to Monza in greater difficulty and without having a really clear idea of what the race can hold for us," he added. "In the other years, we were fighting for the title or a podium was definitely within our grasp or maybe even a win. This year however, it's all much more up in the air and there is no certainty as to what we might be able to do."

Alonso reckoned that a victory was only possible if "Something unusual would have to happen."

Technical director James Allison echoed his driver's views, ruling out a Ferrari win this season on its own accord.

"One must be realistic," Allison said. "At every track this season, we have seen a significant gap, usually over a second, to the Mercedes. So I believe they must make a major mistake for us to have a chance of winning.

"But, we will need some luck to win."

FERRARI'S WINLESS SEASONS

In the 64 seasons of Formula One, Ferrari hasn't won a single race on the calendar on 12 occasions.

If Ferrari fails to win a race this year, it'll be the longest gap between the team's winless seasons.

The championships are listed below:

Year GPs Raced Podiums
1993 16 16 3
1992 16 16 2
1991 16 16 8
1986 16 16 5
1980 14 14 0
1973 15 13 0
1969 11 10 1
1967 11 10 4
1965 10 10 4
1962 9 6 4
1957 8 7 7
1950 7 5 3
 

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