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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.