It was an obvious shock for Ferrari and its fans in 2020. The team finished a poor 6th in Constructor’s championship. Back then both Ferraris qualified around 1.9s off pole position at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, and now in the 2021 race a few months later the team showed just how far the team had come, Charles Leclerc using the new power unit in his Ferrari SF21 to qualify just 0.681s off polesitter Max Verstappen’s time in fourth.
In the main race, Leclerc finished in 6th place while his Spanish teammate, Carlos Sainz, came 8th. The Reds have 12 points under their belt and sit in fourth place behind McLaren in the standings. And now team boss Mattia Binotto says the 2022 power unit will be the one to look out for.
“Definitely the power unit has improved, and happy to see as well that [Alfa Romeo] and Haas progressed,” said Binotto.
“I think from our side, we progressed in all the areas that were possible. The aero is certainly better in terms of behaviours [and] the correlation, but the power unit, the car, overall, wherever it was possible to make improvements, we tried to do them.”
We are working in the right direction: Mattia Binotto
Binotto is hopeful that the engine will fire in 2022and is already showing progress this season.
He further said: “Hopefully by next year, when we will again have a new power unit, we may catch up or have a benchmark for the others. I think on the aero as well medium and high-speed downforce.”
“I think it’s an entire package again. But now the differences are closer and closer. More important is I think we are working in the right direction with the right tools and that will make us stronger in the future,” Binotto concluded.
The next scheduled race is Ferrari’s home Grand Prix in Imola. The Scuderia hopes that they can make the Tifosi proud by having a great result and even aiming for a win or a chance at the podium.