Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe
1017747326-LAT-19930725-93GER29
Autosport Plus
Special feature

Why a forgettable Ferrari was important in its F1 revamp

A transitional 1993 Formula 1 season with a lacklustre car brought little in the way of glory for Ferrari. But 30 years on, it's clear the experience contributed to establishing the path to later glory as Jean Todt began to get his feet under the table. In the latest of a series of features delving into the final year of active suspension in grand prix racing, here's how Ferrari's toils led to something much greater

Fortunes wax and wane in Formula 1, and it has been forever thus. In the early 1990s, the teams that the late Enzo Ferrari had so uncharitably labelled as “garagistes” were ruling the roost, while the squad bearing his own name had suffered a short and sharp decline at the turn of the decade.

After contending for titles in 1990 with a John Barnard-designed car and Alain Prost behind the wheel, both of those constituent elements had departed the team over 1991. Barnard left for Benetton, while Prost was released following his increasingly antagonistic relationship with Ferrari’s management, unhappy with the 643 chassis introduced during the season.

Previous article Tsunoda pays tribute to “biggest supporter” Tost after AlphaTauri F1 exit
Next article Perez opens up on F1 2023 slump - "I cannot be this bad, something's going on"

More from Jake Boxall-Legge

Verstappen: Red Bull continuous gains key to beating Ferrari to Bahrain F1 pole

Verstappen: Red Bull continuous gains key to beating Ferrari to Bahrain F1 pole

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

Verstappen: Red Bull continuous gains key to beating Ferrari to Bahrain F1 pole Verstappen: Red Bull continuous gains key to beating Ferrari to Bahrain F1 pole

F1 Bahrain GP: Verstappen beats Leclerc to first pole of 2024

F1 Bahrain GP: Verstappen beats Leclerc to first pole of 2024

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

F1 Bahrain GP: Verstappen beats Leclerc to first pole of 2024 F1 Bahrain GP: Verstappen beats Leclerc to first pole of 2024

F1 Bahrain GP: Sainz beats Alonso, Verstappen to top FP3

F1 Bahrain GP: Sainz beats Alonso, Verstappen to top FP3

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

F1 Bahrain GP: Sainz beats Alonso, Verstappen to top FP3 F1 Bahrain GP: Sainz beats Alonso, Verstappen to top FP3

The tests Leclerc and Ferrari must pass before Hamilton's arrival

The tests Leclerc and Ferrari must pass before Hamilton's arrival

Plus
Plus
F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

The tests Leclerc and Ferrari must pass before Hamilton's arrival The tests Leclerc and Ferrari must pass before Hamilton's arrival

What we learned from Thursday F1 practice at the 2024 Bahrain GP

What we learned from Thursday F1 practice at the 2024 Bahrain GP

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

What we learned from Thursday F1 practice at the 2024 Bahrain GP What we learned from Thursday F1 practice at the 2024 Bahrain GP

F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2, Verstappen sixth in second practice

F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2, Verstappen sixth in second practice

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2, Verstappen sixth in second practice F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2, Verstappen sixth in second practice

Hamilton faced "difficult winter" amid F1 management upheaval for 2024

Hamilton faced "difficult winter" amid F1 management upheaval for 2024

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

Hamilton faced "difficult winter" amid F1 management upheaval for 2024 Hamilton faced "difficult winter" amid F1 management upheaval for 2024

Norris: Don't judge McLaren on Bahrain F1 performance

Norris: Don't judge McLaren on Bahrain F1 performance

F1 Formula 1
Bahrain GP

Norris: Don't judge McLaren on Bahrain F1 performance Norris: Don't judge McLaren on Bahrain F1 performance

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe