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5 talented drivers who ruined their careers at Ferrari. Next – Leclerc?

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 03:58:13

Charles Leclerc’s probable break with Ferrari is one of the main transfer stories for next season. The Monegasque’s contract with the Reds runs through the end of 2024, and if rumors are to be believed, Charles is considering alternative career options. Leclerc’s doubts are understandable, given the Scuderia’s vague prospects. Charles risks being on a par with other able-bodied drivers who at some point collaborated with Ferrari and ruined his career in the formula. It is about such brokers that we will talk.

Chris Amon

The New Zealander is rightly considered one of the most unlucky drivers in F-1 history: despite his considerable talent, Eamon never managed to open a tally with Royal Race victories. Ferrari played a significant role in the acquisition of a sad state, in the camp of which he spent three seasons.

Amon made his Formula 1 debut shortly before his 20th birthday (incredibly early in those days) as part of the privateer Reg Parnell team. The New Zealander looked great against the background of much more experienced colleagues, but two years after his debut he had to leave the team: the BRM engines that supplied Reg Parnell insisted on his candidacy as a fighter pilot.

Amon’s career was in limbo, but luckily for the New Zealander, Bruce McLaren took an interest in him and offered to join the newly formed team. Bruce planned to make Amon his partner for the 1966 season (the team’s F-1 debut), but due to problems finding an engine for a second car, Chris did not start a Formula 1 career behind the wheel of McLaren.

Chris Ammon in 1968

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However, Aemon was not without competitive practice. In 1966, he raced for the Oranges in the Can-Am championship and also participated in what became his triumphant 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Chris’ success outside of F-1 caught the attention of Enzo Ferrari himself: after speaking with the Commendatore, Amon will sign a contract with a Maranello team. As history will show, this decision was, frankly, wrong. Chris preferred a stable but failing state to a young, developing team. In the second half of the 1960s, Ferrari was far from in the best condition, noticeably inferior to its English competitors.

In 1967, Amon made his debut for the Scuderia. In that season, the Maranello cars were reliable, but not very fast: four top 3 finishes, the most the New Zealander managed to achieve. The following year the situation was reversed: Eamon took three pole positions, but due to frequent mechanical problems, he was unable to achieve racing success (one podium all season).

Chris was unsuccessful in the 1969 season, which was his last at Ferrari. Then March, Matra, as well as a number of other more modest bands will appear in Amon’s career. In other words, the top teams were no longer interested in the New Zealander.

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Jackie X

The 1967 German Grand Prix went down in history mainly because of the impressive performance of Jacky Ickx. The 22-year-old Belgian, who spent his second stage in the Royal Races, showed the third result in qualifying on the most difficult track on the Nordschleife, and he did it in a Formula 2 car (then the rules allowed it). In the race itself, X, starting from the depths of the peloton (Formula 2 cars could not start the race ahead of the “older mates”), gained 13 positions and was fifth for a long time, until he completed the Grand Prix. due to suspension issues.

With his aerobatics ripe beyond his years, the Belgian attracted the attention of many F-1 teams. Among others, his old friend Ken Tyrrell, who wanted to see Ickx co-drive the Matra (the future Tyrrell), was interested in the figure of Jacqui, but the sponsor of the Elf team insisted on his candidacy in the person of the French Johnny Servo -Gaven.

In addition to Tyrrell, Ferrari also showed interest in X. Jacqui was the Italians’ reserve in case of failure in the negotiations with Jackie Stewart. As a result, the Briton never moved to the Scuderia, preferring the aforementioned Matra. In such unadorned fashion, Jacqui ended up at Ferrari.

Jackie Stewart, never transferred to Ferrari, looks at Jacky Ickx in a red car

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The Belgian rider will dedicate the entire five years of his career to the Maranello team (it was not without rest, he spent a season at Brabham). As part of the Reds, he will score eight victories and once formally participate in the battle for the championship: after the death of Jochen Rindt, X could win the title if he wins the last three races of the season: the Belgian won only two .

Tired of the Scuderia’s lingering problems, Jacqui left Maranello at the end of 1973. Moving forward, he will spend two seasons at the Lotus, which has lost its former power, nearly moving to McLaren and ending his formula career in 1979 with light.

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Juan Alesi

By the late 1980s, Alesi was seen as perhaps the most promising runner on the planet. Midway through the 1989 season, she would impress the racing community with a glittering F-1 debut: driving an unassuming Tyrrell, the Frenchman finished fourth at Paul Ricard’s home track. In the same 1989, she will win the Formula 3000 championship, and next year she will sit in the Tyrrell cabin with a full schedule.

In the first four races of the 1990 season, Alesi finished second twice, after which he would become one of the top transfer targets for F1’s top teams. At first, Williams was more interested in the person of the Frenchman – Jean accepted the offer from the Grove team and even signed a preliminary agreement. This might have been the most successful decision of Jean’s career, but he never got around to signing a full contract: Ferrari stepped in on the deal. The Italians bought Alesi from Williams for $4 million.

Jean Alesi qualifying for the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix

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It is quite possible that Jean chose the Scuderia based on the current form of the team: in 1990, the Reds fought for the title. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, the positive impression of Ferrari was wrong. It was in 1991 that the Maranello team entered a period of prolonged crisis, which became one of the most difficult periods in the team’s history.

Over the next five seasons, Ferrari was only the third or fourth force in the field, while Williams drivers were regularly involved in championship battles. In the five years that he has been at the Scuderia, Alesi will only win one race.

On the eve of the 1996 season, Jean will join Benetton, which has lost its former power. He will then spend four more seasons in the intermediate teams, after which he will end his formula career.

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Ivan Capelli

After winning the Formula 3000 championship, Ivan Capelli joined the March team, which in the future will be transformed into Leyton House. As part of the British stable, Capelli will spend five years. The low reliability of the car prevented the Italian from showing stable results, but at times the car designed by Adrian Newey allowed Ivan to fight for high places. For example, at the 1990 French Grand Prix, Capelli even claimed victory (he finished second).

Ivan proved that he could achieve results in a combat-ready car, and in 1992 Ferrari signed the Italian to the position of the late Alain Prost. Unfortunately for Capelli, the Scuderia was simply terrible that season: only three times did the Italian manage to reach the finish line. In addition to the car, Ivan himself was not in the best shape that year – in the battle between teams, Capelli was defeated by Jean Alesi. Without waiting for the end of the championship, the Ferrari management signaled the door to Capelli.

Ivan will start next season in Jordan, but two stages after the start of the championship, he will terminate the contract with the Irish team by mutual agreement. The failures at the Scuderia seemed to have broken Capelli: he had no desire to continue his career in F-1. In the future, Ivan will focus on touring car racing.

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luca badoer

Yes, Badoer spent just two races for Ferrari, and even late in his career. However, it cannot be said that the Scuderia did not influence the fate of the Italian pilot in any way, because Luca said goodbye to the ambitions of an F-1 fighter pilot for working in Maranello. But first things first.

At the start of the race, Badoer showed great promise. In 1992, he overtook Barrichello and Coulthard in the Formula 3000 championship race. But unfortunately, unlike Rubens and David, he never managed to find a place in a competitive F-1 team.

Luca Badoer and Michael Schumacher

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Luca spent three seasons with the Italian Outsiders, and in 1998 he received the job of test driver for Ferrari. With the Scuderia’s blessing, he will spend another season with Minardi in 1999, after which he will finally concentrate on test driver duties.

To some extent, Badoer gave up, abandoning the ambitions of a combat racer to work on the Fiorano test track. At the Scuderia, Luca will work for 12 long years, contributing to the triumph of the Reds in the 2000s, but for many, sadly, he will remain a low-key Maranello hero, as well as the driver who could not replace Felipe Massa in the season -2009.

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