Ex-Ferrari Foe Believes They Will Learn from 2008 McLaren Battle to Reign Supreme Next Season

Published 07/23/2021, 10:49 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


McLaren and Ferrari are currently fighting for P3 in the constructors’ championship. The Woking-based team are leading their Italian rivals by 15 points in the title fight. Alpine technical director Pat Fry, who was at the McLaren, during the late 2000s, mentioned the title fight between Red Bull and Mercedes is similar to their 2008 championship fight with Ferrari.

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As reported by racingnews365, Fry mentioned the similarities between the 2008 and 2021 season seasons. He stated that both the seasons have intense title fights and regulation changes at the end of the season.

“This year reminds me a bit of when Ferrari and McLaren fought each other in 2008,” said Fry.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

We (Fry was still at McLaren at the time), had a championship to win. The new McLaren for 2009 was therefore only in the wind tunnel for the first time in October.

You could see that other teams were taking advantage of this. Ferrari and McLaren were well behind,” said Pat Fry.

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The Alpine technical director has mentioned that due to the regulation changes, the teams have shifted their focus on the next season. He also stated that teams fighting for top positions will have less time to develop their 2022 car.

I think Ferrari started earlier than anyone else and they have taken the pressure off themselves in a good way. The fight between Red Bull and Mercedes makes them spend less wind tunnel hours and less time on CFD models.

Other teams that are not so focused on this year can make big strides,” said Fry.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“In addition, the resources (to develop a car, ed.) are limited, which is a challenge for everyone, anyway. The big teams have a lot of work to do and the earlier in the season you start with that, the more space and time you allow yourself,” said Pat Fry.

Can Ferrari get on top in the 2022 season? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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