2020 turned out to be a massively disappointing season for the once-dominant Ferrari F1 team. Since then, the Binotto-led team have been figuring out ways to revive themselves from the awful position. One such way is the recent private testing.
Following the Christmas break, the Ferrari drivers were back in full swing, as both the F1 drivers, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, took part in the week-long event at Fiorano.
Apart from the duo, the newly recruited Haas driver, Mick Schumacher, and other academy drivers, too, joined the team at the Ferrari-owned circuit.
Speaking to Ferrari, Laurent Mekies, the team’s sporting director, opened up about the experience and the primary intention behind the massive testing.
“The most important aspect of the test was to give the Scuderia official race drivers, Charles and Carlos, the opportunity to get back into the swing of driving again after the winter break,” he said. “For the FDA guys, it was another opportunity to experience driving a Formula 1 car.”
Considering the two Ferrari drivers haven’t raced in months, this testing may have just brought an end to the brief stoppage of experiencing the massive G-force.
Furthermore, this testing might help the two drivers get up to speed much quicker than the others over the soon-to-begin winter testing in Bahrain.
The Ferrari’s sporting director reckoned that the drivers are ready for the upcoming F1 season. He revealed that the drivers were eager to step into the cars after the brief halt.
“I think the best thing about the week was the atmosphere in the garage at our home track, with all the guys really happy to be back on track, to prepare as well as possible for the upcoming season,” he said.
Ferrari had an embarrassing 2020 season, as a substantial loss in HP led to the team’s fallback to mid-field. Fortunately, this season might not be as bad for the Reds. Turns out the team built an entirely new engine, rectifying and retrieving the lost power.
As a result, they might just leap ahead of a few mid-field teams over the 2021 season.
However, the bigger question is, can Ferrari revive their old form and rejoin the top-field battle against Red Bull and Mercedes? Well, let’s see what the future holds.
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