Three years ago, as Ferrari totally dropped the ball with the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, I dedicated an entire story to the Prancing Horse’s numerous “reasons” (read: excuses) for failing to perform. And once again, 2023 looked like it could set the tone for a stunning Championship battle between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The fact that I’m writing this story is probably reason enough to tell you that the Italian marque threw it all away. Again.
The last time I wrote this story, Ferrari blamed everything from tires to its drivers to the weather for its failure to score a Championship. This year, with an entirely new set of regulations guiding car design, Ferrari had a better shot than ever to guide its drivers to the podium. Over a single lap, Ferrari might have built the fastest car. Over the course of a race? The team just couldn’t keep its shit together.
Let’s walk through just what happened, one race at a time.