sport news Ferrari's worst performance in a decade summed up their dramatic decline

In years gone by La Gazzetta dello Sport awarding Ferrari a rating of 3/10 for their performance at the Belgian Grand Prix would have stopped the presses. Now, with every passing race, the rating continues to drop.

Gazzetta called what they saw over 44 laps in Spa from the Maranello team a 'disaster'.  It was Ferrari's worst result in a decade of racing, both cars outside the points, alarmingly void of any speed, finishing 13th and 14th. 

'Charles (Leclerc) and Sebastian (Vettel) did their very best,' team boss Mattia Binotto reasoned after the dust had settled.  

If he really believes that then Ferrari's decline is more critical than even the most ardent fan of The Prancing Horse could have imagined.  

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is overseeing the team's worst performance run in a decade

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is overseeing the team's worst performance run in a decade

This once great institution is in a sorry state and is not close to being competitive in Formula 1

This once great institution is in a sorry state and is not close to being competitive in Formula 1

What made the Spa horror show even worse was that Kimi Raikonnen, the last man to deliver a drivers' championship for the Italian team way back in 2007, finished ahead of both drivers for his former team in an Alfa Romeo using a customer Ferrari engine. That, frankly, is inexcusable. 

More and more things are becoming impossible for Binotto and his staff to justify or rationalise. Some would argue this collapse as one of the sport's powerhouses is embarrassing but, more than that, it is pitiful and their rivals know it.  

'Ferrari's an iconic brand and they should be racing at the very front,' Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff conceded. 

'It's not good for Formula 1, it's not good for the competition at the front. I very much feel with all the Tifosi and employees of Ferrari for this lack of performance.'

Heading into their home race at Monza, and then Mugello, Tuscany, for their 1,000th race in the sport, Ferrari should count themselves lucky it goes ahead behind-closed-doors.

It would have been a not-so-welcome homecoming had fans been on hand to direct their ire at Binotto, Leclerc, Vettel and the race engineers. 

For this once great sporting institution to collapse in on itself, losing time in every race and finding themselves so far off the pace they are often a lap behind, is a disaster.  

Sebastian Vettel has already announced he will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season

Much is expected of Charles Leclerc but he will do nothing if he continues to be given an noncompetitive car

Sebastian Vettel (left) is leaving and Charles Leclerc (right) has got a car void of any real speed

SEBASTIAN VETTEL'S 2020 RESULTS 

Austrian GP: 10th

Styrian GP: DNF

Hungarian GP: 6th

British GP: 10th 

70th Anniversary GP: 12th 

Spanish GP: 7th 

Belgian GP:  13th

Advertisement

CHARLES LECLERC'S 2020 RESULTS 

Austrian GP: 2nd

Styrian GP: DNF

Hungarian GP: 11th 

British GP: 3rd 

70th Anniversary GP: 4th 

sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more

Spanish GP: DNF

Belgian GP:  14th

Advertisement

From 14 attempts, Ferrari have managed to find themselves on the podium just twice this season: both achieved by Leclerc.

read more from dailymail.....

PREV sport news Crystal Palace flop Alexander Sorloth joins RB Leipzig for £20m as ...
NEXT sport news Joe Root's omission for England's Twenty20 series against Australia surprises ...