Ferrari Has ‘Jeopardized’ and Given Up on Their 2021 F1 Season, Claims Former Renault Boss

Published 04/27/2021, 4:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


With new regulations coming in next year, many teams, including Haas, have decided to focus on the 2022 season. Ferrari is also one such team, albeit they have not completely ignored the present season. However, the former team principal of Renault, Flavio Briatore, thinks that the Italian team have jeopardized their current season.

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The Maranello-based team had a good result in the opening round in Bahrain. Their Charles Leclerc came home P6 and their new recruit Carlos Sainz crossed the line in P8.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. after the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

At their home race at Imola, Leclerc came home with P4 and Sainz, P5. They two hope to improve on their form and bring better results in the upcoming race in Portugal.

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Ferrari shouldn’t focus on 2022, says, Briatore

On a radio program, La Politica nel Pallone, as quoted by Speedweek.com, Briatore said, “The season has barely started and they are already talking about 2022. They are jeopardizing third place in the World Cup, which they are for themselves set the season goal, which is difficult enough – even with two great racing drivers like Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

“The car is undoubtedly more competitive than in 2020. But what Ferrari is really worth will only be seen in 2022, when Formula 1 starts with new regulations. Then it has to be seen whether a third or fourth place in the World Championship is perhaps the maximum for Ferrari,” he concluded. (Translated from German via Google)

Team principal, Mattia Binotto looks to the future to help the team

The lackluster power unit saw the Italian team suffer horribly last year. The team only scored 131 points and finished sixth in the championship. With the new rules coming in next year, their team boss, Mattia Binotto, hopes the improvements can help the team get back on top.

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Binotto said, “Hopefully by next year, when we will again have a new power unit, we may catch up or have a benchmark for the others. I think on the aero as well – medium and high-speed downforce.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I think it’s an entire package again. But now the differences are closer and closer. More important is I think we are working in the right direction with the right tools and that will make us stronger in the future.”

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With the next race is in Portugal, the Italian team aim for a win or a podium finish in the upcoming weekend. Leclerc and Sainz will hope to extract the maximum out of the car and bring home a better result.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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