"You're all a bunch of idiots for spouting off all of this doom and gloom. But, since we're on the subject..."
I love you guys. I really do.
I think I've been reasonably clear that I think Ferrari is simply going through a natural transition from one era to another. (I'll admit to some impatience along the way.) It's never easy. Red Bull required three years, two engine suppliers, six testbeds and a dramatic change to the formula to become successful, and that all happened after they hired Adrian Newey. Knowledge takes time.
I've detailed how I think the regulations have hurt Ferrari badly, but if I had to point my finger at one item specific to the team, it would be Stefano Domenicali. Nothing has slowed the steady overall decline from the "dream team" era, even the departures of major figures from within the team and the addition of others, and he's really the only one left to blame. That's a very costly process of elimination, and one you'd likely have to be completely oblivious to ignore.
And I think it's terrible how Aldo Costa was made the scapegoat for the team's struggles. In my opinion, he's not responsible for a single "dud" during his tenure as Chief Designer/Technical Director.
F2005: tires sucked.
248 F1: highly competitive, near WC.
F2007: highly competitive, WC.
F2008: highly competitive, WC.
F60: unlucky; it was inevitable that one team would hit the jackpot as a result of the formula upheaval.
F10: very competitive, near WC.
150 Italia: OK, maybe "dud-ish," but by then the effects of the engine freeze, testing ban and internal infrastructure problems had reached a peak so high that it led directly to the "radical" F2012.
Costa was Rory Byrne's right-hand man, and he clearly used that experience wisely. His loss will be felt. Count on it.
The same could even be said of Chris Dyer to a degree. His blunder in 2010 at Abu Dhabi was as obvious as it was big, but should that negate his record of engineering two drivers to three Championships?
I suppose I just get the distinct impression that Ferrari is being led by someone who seems more interested in covering own his ass than doing what it takes to right the ship. In the end, maybe that's really the doing of Montezemolo wanting someone whose strings are easily pulled. I don't know.
I think Ferrari needs to be led by a full-fledged vertebrate, someone who would be rendered physically ill by making excuses and thus literally incapable of saying, ad nauseam, "We must try to understand the problem..."
Blah, blah, blah, blah.
Have you noticed how the FIA has very quietly assumed a role of relative strength since Jean Todt took the helm from Max Mosley? That is leadership.
(EDIT: It never feels like I've written that much, but I seem to be doing it an awful lot lately.)