Ferrari goes off the track

F1 rule changes has let the air out of this cocky team’s tires

In the world of F1 auto racing, the Ferrari team is the equivalent of baseball’s New York Yankees. It has the most fans, a cocky air about it and a winning record (eight championships in the past 10 years). But this year, Ferrari has taken a shocking turn, and is now in fourth place and out of the running at the season’s halfway point. Rule changes this year seem to have caught Ferrari off guard and with an inferior car to competitors like the leading Brawn GP team. The stakes are high: teams like Ferrari spend more than $300 million on their cars and drivers. And they expect results. After all, a winning car on the track is what makes the Ferrari name so desirable and helps sell cars in the showroom.

The Wall Street Journal