No team has been more successful in the history of Formula One than Ferrari. The Italian outfit’s 16 Constructors’ Championships set them apart from the rest of the field. However, the rise of Red Bull Racing and Mercedes Racing in the past decade has resulted in a 10-year drought for the once dominant team. Ferrari have tried several drivers in their bid to regain their hold at the top of the sport, but they’ve not managed to find a combination to claim the title.

The last two Ferrari drivers to combine to win the crown were Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, although neither was able to enjoy individual success in the 2008 campaign as Lewis Hamilton lifted the Drivers’ Championship for McLaren. In the years since the Italian outfit have been blown away by first the quality of Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber enjoyed a run of four straight crowns. Hamilton and Nico Rosberg then took command for Mercedes, matching the exploits of their rivals by triumphing for four years in a row.

Bottas then joined Hamilton for Mercedes’ fifth win in as many years and they appear to be on course for a sixth crown in the 2019 campaign. Mercedes hold an imperious lead in the early stages of the season, with Ferrari being backed at 14/1 in the latest F1 odds to end their stranglehold of the Constructors’ Championship. Vettel and Charles LeClerc have been solid enough on the circuit this term, but have not managed to produce a victory yet, leaving them with an uphill challenge for the rest of the term to haul in Mercedes’ lead.

Vettel did finish ahead of Hamilton at the Canadian Grand Prix. However, the German saw his win chalked off by the FIA after being accused of dangerous driving, re-joining the track in an unsafe manner along with forcing Hamilton off the circuit. The result epitomised Ferrari’s start to the season, failing to make the inroads that the team would have wanted after their underwhelming decade behind Mercedes and Red Bull. The Italian outfit have experimented with different drivers, luring Vettel away from Red Bull in 2014. At the time, the German was on a run that only the legendary Michael Schumacher has matched, winning four world titles on the spin.

It was expected that Vettel would go from strength to strength with Ferrari and surpass his compatriot as the most successful driver in the history of the sport. However, Vettel has not come close to challenging for the crown since as Hamilton has taken up the mantle and is now in pursuit of Schumacher’s record. Ferrari have been unable to give their star man a car that is capable of matching Mercedes, despite spending significant resources on improving their vehicles.

They’ve struggled for consistency, while the Italian outfit have also not been able to match the modifications made by their rivals mid-season. Vettel’s form has tailed off dramatically in his five seasons with Ferrari, which has made the crucial difference in the race for the title, especially over the last two years.

No matter who has been behind the wheel at Ferrari – whether it be Fernando Alonso, Vettel, Massa or Raikkonen – it has not yielded success for the team over the last 10 years. LeClerc may be the next great hope, but at the moment Ferrari are living off their past reputation rather than their quality on the track.

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