Early Sketches Detail Ferrari’s 2021 F1 Car with Positive Improvements: Reports

Published 01/01/2021, 5:09 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


After a dreadful 2020 campaign, thanks in no small part to the lackluster SF1000, Ferrari aim to right their wrongs for the 2021 season.

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A couple of weeks ago, the Scuderia announced that the SF1000’s successor, the SF21, would be unveiled before the pre-season test in Barcelona. Understandably, not much is known about the car yet. However, according to The Gazzetta dello Sport, a few interesting details may be known.

What’s the Ferrari Sf21 going to be like?

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Well, for starters, the Maranello-based outfit believe that the car will be an improvement on its predecessor. This is especially in the case of the aerodynamics department.

Ferrari SF21 Concept from formula1

The aerodynamics improvement aims to correct the vertical load distribution of the car. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of weight exerted on the tires, something which was a big concern in 2020.

The end result should be a marked improvement in tire management and the drivability of the car.

Ferrari are also looking to bring back an important feature from their 2019 machine, the sheer speed on the straights. The lack of power on the straights was a visible concern throughout the 2020 campaign.

More importantly, the much-maligned power unit of 2020 will be discarded in favor of a much-improved engine. The new power unit will apparently provide the SF21 with an additional boost of 30 HP.

Nevertheless, it is worth remembering that the SF21 will not be an entirely new beast. The pandemic-enforced regulations mean that parts such as the chassis, internal suspension, and the cooling system carryover from last year’s machine.

At least from a viewability standpoint, there aren’t any major changes.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

What will be the Scuderia’s ambitions for 2021?

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Ferrari’s ambitions would most definitely be to finish the season with a lot more podiums under their belt. The mid-field battle is expected to be tough yet again. However, the Scuderia would hope that their new power unit can get them back to the front of the queue.

A title challenge is extremely unlikely. However, an adequate bar would be to end the season as the third-placed team, if not the second, on the Constructors’ championship table.

After a horrid 2020 season, the only way is up.

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Ronan Carvalho

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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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