Ex F1 Driver and Ferrari Tester Makes Interesting Claim About 2021 Engine

Published 03/12/2021, 7:55 AM EST
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


Last year, Ferrari had one of their worst seasons since 1980. They were suffering from engine castrations that saw their customer teams suffer on the grid. The Scuderia lost out significantly on straight-line speed, which was their biggest strength ahead of the 2019 technical directives.

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This year, the priority at the Maranello team was to design an all-new power unit that could help them recover the lost speed. Former Ferrari test driver, Marc Gene believes that the team will be back to fighting for podiums this season with their recovered power unit.

“We don’t know exactly how much horsepower we have gained, but I have a rough idea. I don’t think we have recovered everything we lost compared to 2019, but much of it has been.”

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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 Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

“The car is an evolution, but the engine is new. Last year Ferrari had the worst engine on the grid, but in 2021 we will have one of the best. I don’t know if it will be as good as Mercedes, but it will be very good,” said Gene.

Marc Gene explains Ferrari might now win this season

The former test driver acknowledged that 2020 was among one of the worst performances in a while. The team finished in P6 position, scrapping the bottom of the mid-field. However, Gene is certain that the team will finish P3 in the constructors’ championship this season.

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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)

“We are not going to win this year, but hopefully we can take victories in some races. Right now our goal is to be on the podiums and to show that last year was an exception in the history of Ferrari,” he explained.

The team is not expecting to win the title this season either. However, they do hope to get back to regular podium competitors and jump back once the 2022 regulations kick in. Meanwhile, it will be essential for the team this season to allow their young drivers to learn and make the most of 2021.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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