Ferrari Seeking Stability Ahead of 2021 F1 Season, Says F1 CEO Domenicali

Published 02/20/2021, 3:32 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


There is supposedly a general mood of optimism and confidence in the Ferrari camp as we draw closer to the 2021 F1 season. Having worked on their car in key areas, especially the power unit, the ‘Prancing Horse’ looks set to bounce back from a miserable campaign last year.

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They have also added 26-year-old Carlos Sainz to their ranks, who will look to forge a strong relationship with star driver Charles Leclerc. Together, their aim remains simple: elevate the Scuderia’s reputation in a gradual path to restoring glory.

Speaking in a recent interview, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali touched upon Ferrari being a ‘fundamental part of his life.’ In addition, he talks about a key objective that the team is seeking this year.

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Have nothing to recommend to my friend Mattia Binotto, said Domenicali

The former Ferrari boss stated, “We are talking about a fundamental part of my life. I see a company looking for a stability that can guarantee competitiveness.” (translated via Google Translate)

Indeed, the Italian motorsport giants have suffered a tough 18 months or so, especially after some issues with their previous power unit. That has seen a downturn in form and, as a result, will need to make a few important changes to their approach.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 01: Former Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali talks in the Ferrari garage during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Domenicali continued, “I have nothing to recommend to my friend Mattia Binotto. At Ferrari it’s about staying focused on priorities without being distracted by the enormous pressure that surrounds you.”

Ferrari will aim to take the first step by winning the battle for P3 in 2021

After finishing sixth in the last season, the management at Maranello were understandably disappointed. But in the press conferences leading to the end of the last campaign, team principal Binotto had mentioned positive signs in their dyno testing regarding their 2021 power unit.

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16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF1000, action during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The fact that they have lacked speed has not been a protected secret, and so Ferrari will expect to see improvements this season. However, they will also know that the likes of Aston Martin, McLaren, and Alpine are all capable of attaining the coveted top three position.

Therefore, it will certainly be a battle that would entice viewers until the very last race of 2021. Bit by bit, Ferrari would be looking to rebuild their performances and deliver with more consistency.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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