No other team goes back to the beginning of Formula One events in 1950. Current drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are the drivers that hope to return the team back to its former greatness. Ferrari had a very rocky 2012 season which saw Fernando Alonso narrowly lose the WDC to Sebastian Vettel by a mere 3 points. The team did come from behind late in the season and overtake McLaren for 2nd place in the constructors points total to salvage some level of respect in what was early deemed a disastrous campaign by Ferrari. Entering the 2012 season the team struggled with the new car design and it is probably what cost the team both the drivers and constructors title. Despite a challenging car Alonso was able to score a lot of points out of his car and that has to give credit of how good of a driver he is. Felipe Massa had a horrible start to the season but redeemed himself with some podium finishes and helping the team score more points.
The 2013 season is a fresh start for both drivers. It is expected that Ferrari would have learned from last year and can produce a more stable car.
The Ferrari team might hope in 2012 to return to past accomplishments, which included more race victories, 216, and more Drivers’ (15) and Constructors’ (16) Championships, than any team ever. Massa and Alonso have driven for Ferrari including Schumacher and other greats, including Juan Manuel Fangi, Alberto Ascari, and Niki Lauda. World championships were won previously by team Ferrari by Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Phil Hill, Mike Hawthorn, Niki Lauda, John Surtees, Jody Scheckter, Kimi Räikkönen, and Michael Schumacher.
While the team has had a glorious history, it did wait 21 years after a win by Jody Scheckter before returning to greatness. After Ross Brown, Jean Todt, Schumacher, and Roy Byrne, the team had win after win during their successful run. The Ferrari team also had wins in 2007 with Kimi Räikkönen, before coming just short in 2008 with Massa and in 2010 with Alonso. Team Ferrari has been widely criticized for not having innovative enough designs.
The Ferrari team was not able to consistently beat Mclaren or Red Bull in 2012 but in 2013 they beat out McLaren for second place. The team with the rich history hopes its new approach will bring new results this year. Despite their many successes in the past and the many records set by Michael Schumacher from 2000 and 2004, the team had only one victory during the 2011 season–at Silverstone. The team placed third in the championship and did not have even one pole position. In 2012 they were short on the drivers and constructors championship by the narrowest of margins. Perhaps 2013 the team can deliver some consistent performances to win both.