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Can Ferrari Resurrect Themselves At Monaco? 

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Let's face it. Everyone is a Ferrari fan. 

And as Luca Di Montezemolo, former Chairman of Ferrari, recently stated on Tom Clarkson's Beyond The Grid F1 podcast, "Without Ferrari, F1 wouldn't be F1, and without F1, Ferrari wouldn't be Ferrari".

If such is the case, then why is the Italian stallion failing? 

What's happened to the prancing horse that we love dearly?

What's gone wrong? 

As someone who ardently watched Michael Schumacher dominate and annihilate the gird, it's disheartening to see Ferrari struggle the way that they are. 

Many attribute Ferrari's domination to the majestic combination of Jean Todd, Ross Brawn, and Michael Schumacher. 

While this is, no doubt, very very true, it's hard to digest the fact that despite all the money and talent available, Ferrari still struggles to win. What hurts more is that Max Verstappen is thrashing them in a Honda!

2019 saw a new team principal (Mattia Binotto) and a young new talent (Charles Leclerc) in Ferrari's paddock. There were assurances that the prancing horse would resurrect itself and challenge Toto Wolf's Silver Arrows.

However, with Mercedes storming ahead and making history, Ferrari is left wondering what they should do to return to their winning ways. 

Mercedes' blistering pace and crushing victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was their fifth one-two of the 2019 season. This has given the Silver Arrows a whopping 96-point lead in the constructors' championship.

To put things into perspective, Ferrari's last one-two finish was in 2017 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. And when you dig a little deeper, you'll notice that they've managed to achieve this feat only on two occasions in the hybrid era.

If more salty statistics were to be rubbed into Ferrari's wounds, their last five one-two finishes start as far back as the 2008 French Grand Prix!

The challenge to stop Mercedes' is mounting and in order to do so, Ferrari now needs to out-perform and score their rivals by an average of six points over the remainder of 2019.

Team principal Mattia Binotto has grudgingly conceded that, whilst their updates had worked, they weren't enough to match Mercedes' superior pace.

Furthermore, Sebastian Vettel recently stated, "We are not the favorites in the championship anymore". he told the media immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix. "Obviously the last few races on average we were not quite there."

"There's still plenty of work for us to do, obviously we were not quite where we want to be. At this point, I think we just need to maximize what we can."

With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finding themselves in a bit of a dogfight with each other, Red Bull's messiah, Max Verstappen has been snatching podium positions away from them. 

This has widened the gap even further between the two fastest teams (Sorry, Fernando. The Honda works!)

Next up is the iconic Monaco Grand Prix, and if history is any indication, Mercedes' last couple of attempts at Monaco have ended up as 'defensive' or 'damage limitation' as opposed to 'pedal to the metal'. 

Can this finally be Ferrari's chance to strike back and bring home a one-two finish? Well, I certainly hope so. 

What do you think? Will Ferrari have a chance of fighting back? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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