Why Italy's minnow F1 team could become its new maestro
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Why Italy's minnow F1 team could become its new maestro

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From its origins as perennial backmarkers to genuine midfield contenders, Italy's other Formula 1 team is on course to surpass the might and majesty Ferrari has held as its nation's standard-bearer in 2020

For the entirety of the time that they were simultaneously racing in Formula 1, the Ferrari and Minardi teams were almost diametrically opposed. One, a scarlet powerhouse that threw its significant weight around at the front, and the other, a perennial minnow fighting for survival on scraps and, often, a rotating cast of pay-drivers.

Having started the 2020 season with a particularly poor hand, Ferrari has been resigned to mixing among the midfield, with a few token appearances towards the front courtesy of Charles Leclerc. In the constructors' points standings, the team currently sits in sixth - set to be its lowest placing in the title stakes since 1980. However, sixth overall is still heavily contested - particularly, with AlphaTauri: the team that used to race as Minardi during Ferrari's glory years.

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