F1 CEO Domenicali Hints at Ferrari Breaking out of Slump Sooner than Expected

Published 01/21/2021, 2:19 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during practice Kamran Jebreili/Pool via REUTERS


Right from the first race of the 2020 season, unprecedented power unit troubles forced Ferrari to fight for the top 10 rather than for race wins and podiums. Since then, a massive burden has befallen the team, consequently forcing them to find a solution in a brief span of time.

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Unsurprisingly, the entire F1 community is waiting for Ferrari’s revival, as the Tifosi are aching to watch their dream team returning to winning ways.

Ferrari CEO on Ferrari’s tough 2020 outing

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Speaking to Sky Sport Italy, Stefano Domenicali, the interim CEO of Ferrari, too, expressed his disappointment with his team’s major fallback. However, he sounded convinced that Ferrari made a significant leap in performance and will soon get back on their feet.

Compared to what happened last year, we all need a competitive Ferrari and one that returns to play its cards in a difficult context, I realize,” he said.

I am convinced that things will improve, even if it will not be easy with the regulations that are stable.

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

Ferrari recently mentioned that their focus has shifted to the 2022 season, which will witness one of the biggest regulation changes.

However, the team also clarified that they will be prepared to bring in an update for the 2021 season if the cars fail to be competitive. Hence, Ferrari will not neglect the upcoming season entirely.

Rival team principals also wish for an attractive F1 season: Domenicali

Domenicali opined that rival teams like Red Bull and Mercedes are also hoping for Ferrari’s return to prime. He felt that such competitive fights at the top might provide the fans with something to cheer for.

They were able to work a little on the power unit to close last year’s gap. I expect a Ferrari that is close to the goal of being able to fight again,” he said.

I think team principals like [Toto] Wolff and [Christian] Horner also wish it to have a show that is more attractive to everyone.”

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Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Overall, it is highly unlikely that Ferrari will straightaway challenge the top-runners like Red Bull and Mercedes. However, the Italian outfit would definitely be hoping to lead the mid-field battle over the 2021 season.

Unfortunately, with the return of Aston Martin and the reunion of McLaren and Mercedes, it is looking like a monumental task for Ferrari to conclude their season in the top three for the second straight year.

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So, against the odds, will Ferrari be able to revive their old form in 2021? Or will this season be yet another painful outing for the Reds?

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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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