‘Clean Race Weekends’ – Sporting Director Mekies Reveals Ferrari’s Primary Aim for the 2021 Season

Published 03/10/2021, 9:40 AM EST
RED BULL RING, SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Ferrari have become the 10th and final team to unveil their 2021 challenger. The Scuderia’s launch video also featured the team’s sporting director Laurent Mekies, who spoke about the necessity of delivering consistently throughout an F1 weekend.

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The Prancing Horse are aiming for a much better campaign this time around. Their previous season fell horribly short of expectations as the team lumbered to a sixth place finish.

This time, however, with a new and more powerful engine and a better car, the Maranello-based outfit will be out to right their wrongs of 2020. But Mekies specifically focused on the aspect of consistency. He believes that will be key to achieving the kind of top-three finish that they desire this year.

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He said, “As a race team we will try to extract everything we can from the potential of the car. Regardless of what is going to be the absolute level of performance, we will be aiming at delivering strong race weekends, clean race weekends. And providing the right feedback to the factory.”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Ferrari sporting director believes the team has learned from 2020 season

Mekies said that the team indeed learned a lot from what was one of their worst ever F1 campaigns. He believes those learnings helped the team develop their newest car, the SF21, despite all the obstacles that arose.

He said, “The 2021 season is about the lessons learned from an incredibly difficult 2020 campaign.

“Last season put us at a test, both in the factory and at the racetrack. We have tried to learn from our mistakes, we have tried to improve in the areas where we have simply not been strong enough.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“Of course, in the context of the frozen technical regulations and of the financial regulations, we know there is a limit in how fast we can turn things around. But nevertheless, we have been trying to reconstruct methodically our way back to the more competitive side of the grid.”

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The livery of the car itself generated mixed emotions. However, the performance will be all that matters once the season gets underway.

Can Ferrari be back to battling at the front of the grid? Or will it be another season of disappointment? We shall soon find out.

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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