Binotto Reveals Ferrari’s Huge Engine Plans THIS F1 Season

Published 08/10/2021, 2:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


One of the most dominant racing teams in the history of Formula 1, Scuderia Ferrari, endured an unfortunate downfall in 2020. The season was undeniably chaotic for the Reds, but, since then, they have worked quite hard into giving a comeback.

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And the Maranello outfit did pull off a brief comeback. In the first half of the season, Ferrari have secured two pole positions, both arriving from Charles Leclerc and three podiums, with two of them arriving from the other driver, Carlos Sainz.

Amidst the steep rise in performance, what’s interesting is that Ferrari are anticipating pulling off more such performances during the latter part of this season.

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Why, you might ask?

Well, Ferrari’s team principal, Mattia Binotto, opened up that the team will carry out a major upgrade to their power unit later in 2021.

And this evolution could potentially slot Ferrari amongst the top-field teams, Mercedes and Red Bull. Who knows, they might even return to the winning ways, just like old times.

What did the Ferrari boss say?

In an exclusive interview with Motorsport, Binotto revealed that Ferrari are looking forward to a stronger second half to the 2021 season amidst big updates in the offing.

From now to the end of the season we will bring an evolution of the engine. This year’s regulation allows us to bring a completely new power unit in all its elements,” he said.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

We at the beginning of the season brought some elements, but not the entire power unit. There will be some new elements, developed in the second part of the season, which we believe can give us a small contribution on the performance front, indeed, not too small. It will be significant,” the Italian added. (Translated via Google Translate)

When will the much-needed updates arrive?

According to Binotto, it is only a matter of months before the evolved power unit arrives in Ferrari’s garage. However, it won’t be at the mid-season-opener, Belgian Grand Prix, but later after the end to the race weekend in Monza.

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It will not be in Monza, but later in the season. Because we have anticipated as much as possible the developments for 2022,” Binotto said.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Second placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. is celebrates second place with a trophy Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

This upgrade will set a strong base for the developments surrounding the 2022 season. And it does look like Ferrari have had a brilliant start and could well be a title-contending team in 2022.

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So, are we in for a comeback from the Reds next season? Is F1 set to witness a three-way fight for the championship after almost a decade? Well, let’s hope so.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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