Former Ferrari Engineer Has Set Goals for the Team in 2022 After Showing Progress in 2021

Published 12/30/2021, 4:39 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action with Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Henry Romero


Ferrari bounced back in 2021 after having a disastrous season last year. In 2020, the team finished in sixth place in the constructors’ standings with 131 points. This season, they truly redeemed themselves as they achieved a third-place finish in the teams’ standings with 323.5 points.

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However, for the upcoming season former Ferrari engineer, Luigi Mazzola, has set the bar higher for the Marenell0-based team. Mazzola acknowledges the progress made by the team this year but states that they should win races in 2022.

Ex-Ferrari engineer has higher expectations from the team in 2022

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The Italian team certainly bounced back in 2021, after having a disappointing in 2020. Mazzola, who worked with the team during the era dominated by Michael Schumacher, has stated that the progress made by the team is good, but they should aim higher in 2022.

Mazzola said, “The third place in 2021 can also be positive, given the previous year. There have been improvements. The goal, that is to be the first of the others, behind Mercedes and Red Bull, has been achieved.”

“Now, however, given everything that has been said about 2021 and that all the technical efforts have been put into 2022, I expect a competitive Ferrari. And I wouldn’t be satisfied with winning a few races. For the mentality of a Ferrari and a racer, I would like to hear people say ‘I want to compete to win the world championship’. 

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Then we will see what happens. The difference will be made by the management of the car on the track, I am referring to the mechanical and aerodynamic adjustments, to the use of the tires. With few tests available, some will arrive sooner, others later: and there may be some surprises. But Ferrari must be ready. It’s time, isn’t it?” he concluded.

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How did Sainz and Leclerc perform this season?

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The 2021 season saw a new lineup at the Italian team, as Carlos Sainz teamed up with Charles Leclerc. Both drivers were determined to redeem the Marnell0 based team this season, and they were true to their word.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Henry Romero

The Spanish driver bagged four podiums and had 164.5 points to his name; finishing fifth in the drivers’ championship. Leclerc was able to achieve two pole positions, and one podium, finishing the season in seventh place with 159 points.

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With great progress displayed by the Binotto-led team this season, what are your expectations for the Italian team in 2022? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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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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