Report: Ferrari Shops Rival Engineers From Red Bull & Mercedes for 2022 F1 Challenger

Published 01/13/2022, 7:05 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


For months now, there’s one thing that is being heard repeatedly in all corners of the Formula 1 community – 2022 is the year Ferrari make their way back to the top.

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It’s no secret that the Italian team has been banking a lot on the coming season in terms of R&D and a ‘sensational’ car. And in that process of creating a sensation, Ferrari has left no stone unturned, even hiring workforce from their rivals.

According to a report in Italy, Maranello hired aero-engineers from Red Bull and Mercedes. Along with the talent of the new recruits, this was done in order to have a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the other teams.

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Though, the chief of this department at Ferrari is still David Sanchez, who reports to Enrico Cardile, the head of the single-seater project. The core remained the same because of the belief of team principal Mattia Binotto in the aforementioned men.

Ferrari Has Invested a Lot in Two Key Elements – Downforce and Balance

The report also suggests that while the major elements such as the wings and the chassis won’t really differ from car to car, Ferrari is focusing on the minor elements to have an upper hand.

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“The appearance of the bodywork may be very different, and even very beautiful, it is said, the same applies to the arrangement of internal organs. The area around the bottom and the shapes of the body will be two key elements in obtaining performance (downforce and balance). And it seems that Ferrari has pushed research a lot in these areas,” the report reads. (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

It will be interesting to see just how true or false these reports that are getting progressively brighter in favor of Ferrari really are.

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And fans, both inside and outside Ferrari, will find that out soon, for better or for worse.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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