Lately it has rankled me that Ferrari (especially LDM) refuse to accept anything short of challenging for the Drivers' Title. Even last year's pair of wins and runner up in the championship wasn't good enough. Now I know that every top team ought to aspire to the championship, but with Ferrari it seems to be more than that. If they aren't fighting for the championship every year, they give the impression that something must be terribly wrong with Ferrari (and, perhaps, Formula One). To me, I guess, there's a difference between someone like Button this year saying "we aren't where we want, but we're fighting to get back," and LDM saying "this is unacceptable." Incidentally, I think the same argument could be made for Red Bull this year after 4 straight title challenges.
So I wonder whether the unprecedented success during the Schumacher years over-inflated Ferrari's expectations. The following graph shows the years that Ferrari mounted a Drivers' Title challenge (in this case, a championship where a Ferrari driver finished the season within 2 wins or so of the title winner).
If you cut out the Schumacher years, their record since doesn't look that out of sorts. However, I only started following F1 in 1999, so perhaps this attitude precedes the Schumacher years. Or perhaps I'm singling out Ferrari unfairly, and this is more common that I think.
Edited by Nustang70, 24 July 2014 - 10:08.