In what has largely been a season of gloom for Ferrari, some cheer came through Charles Leclerc’s showing at Portimao. The P4 finish has possibly convinced the team they are on the right track for their revival.
The ‘Prancing Stallion’, as they are so fondly known as, fought valiantly for titles and race victories in the 1990s and 2000s. But somewhere, in the last few seasons, that power has diminished.
And power in the literal sense, because so many of their issues have revolved around their power units. Therefore, as the new season inches closer, can Ferrari find their way back to their glory?
Maybe the championship and consistent race wins are just out of sight for Ferrari at the moment. This, of course, is the opinion of Ferrari’s Team Principal Mattia Binotto, who feels the team need to take a step forward by featuring on the podium consistently.
Binotto was quoted as saying, “Realistically no, for the World Championship I honestly think not. He must return to fight regularly for the podium, this must be our goal. I am sure this team is alive, I am sure we will take a step forward.
“It is the right time for a Strong change. We all have the opportunity to start with a new 2022 regulation and not only that, we will all be able to work on 2022 aerodynamics only from next January,” stated Binotto. (translated from Google Translate)
As the new decade beckons, the onus rests on the rest of the F1 teams to bring Mercedes’ dominance to an end. In that regard, Ferrari will want to be the frontrunners of that campaign.
Binotto has himself stated that the work on their 2022 aerodynamics components shall begin early next year in January. It means that there is a concerted effort from their end, to make the sport more competitive.
Ferrari are currently 6th this season with 93 points in the Constructors’ Standings. They have spent most of this year battling with AlphaTauri for lower midfield bragging rights.
But, as time starts to tick, so will Ferrari’s optimism of challenging for honors. And with Leclerc and Sainz as the 2021 pairing, hard work will have already begun at Maranello, to make the best possible car for next year.