With Sainz replacing Sebastian Vettel as Leclerc’s partner for next year, the duo will play an important role in designing the Scuderia’s 2021 car.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Elkann said, (translated by Google)“Leclerc and Sainz will have houses in Maranello and will stay as close as possible to our engineers. The new machine will be born with their direct contribution.”
It will be vital for Ferrari to design a better car than the SF1000, especially if they wish to get back to competing at the front of the grid. It is also refreshing to see that both drivers are ready to go the distance for the good of the team.
Of course, current McLaren driver Carlos Sainz is no stranger to that mentality. Relocating for the sake of establishing closer connections with the team is something Sainz is comfortable with.
The Spaniard had relocated to Woking after he joined McLaren so that he could work closely with the team’s engineers. Sainz’s dedication is something that makes him feel that he is one of the most hard-working drivers on the grid.
Elkann believes that Ferrari F1’s problems are nothing new
The Chairman of the Italian giants also revealed that the team has been mired in problems for the last decade. He said, “We are aware of the structural weaknesses of the car that we have had for a decade. (It) was underlined by the transition to hybrid engines.”
However, he is also confident that brighter days lie ahead, “What is also clear is that in the last ten years I have not seen such a cohesive and strong spirit in the team,” adds Elkann.
Whether those brighter days arrive by 2021 remains to be seen. But for now, they’ll remain focused on the season at hand. After a week off, the second round of triple-headers looms large. Can Ferrari rediscover their mojo at Silverstone?
We’ll get the answer to that question on the 2nd of August.