Has Ferrari lost its special something?

Has Ferrari lost its special something?

Ferrari used to dominate Formula 1 on the track and off it. DIETER RENCKEN examines its fall from power in both areas in recent years, and looks at how it can recover lost ground

In this period of intense campaigning for freedom of expression, it is perhaps appropriate to ponder those most sacrilegious of Formula 1 questions: has Ferrari lost its relevance; does the Italian team deserve the special status conferred upon it? There exists evidence aplenty to suggest that is no longer the case.

Consider the facts: the team has not won the drivers' or constructors' world title since 2007 and '08 respectively, and during the first year of F1's hybrid power Ferrari's V6 was the only unit not to score a victory.

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