During the wake of the 2020 F1 season, Ferrari suffered a massive setback to the power unit; compared to the others, the once feared engine was lacked a substantial amount of horsepower. Furthermore, the misery did not end with Ferrari but also pulled their customers to the back of the grid.
One of the victims, Alfa Romeo, were looking pretty optimistic about their 2020 season, considering the rapid growth in performance the team witnessed. However, their expectations simply ended in agony, as their Ferrari-made power unit lacked straight-line speed, making them vulnerable even to the struggling Williams.
What’s more, Alfa Romeo were pretty much alone on the grid, limiting their on-track fight to Williams and Haas. Hence, with new power units set to come from Maranello ahead of the 2021 season, Alfa Romeo can finally revive their hopes yet again.
But can they catch up to the jam-packed mid-field battle?
Well, Alfa Romeo driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, revealed that the Italian team are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, all thanks to Ferrari’s efforts under pressure.
Speaking to RTL, Giovinazzi stressed the point that the newly designed power unit could play a hefty role in the team’s potential success, come the 2021 season.
“I hope we can be closer to AlphaTauri or to the mid-field one,” he said. “And yeah, the power unit will be important.”
Furthermore, early signs from Maranello are quite positive, with the Reds looking more comfortable this time around. Hence, Ferrari and their customer teams could turn up the heat this year after their brief absence from the limelight.
“Yeah! They are positive,” he said. “We don’t know the amount that we will gain, especially because we don’t know how much the others improve.
“So, this we will know just in Bahrain. But the good thing about Ferrari is a positive atmosphere, especially for the power unit, what they did with the engines.”
The 2021 season will witness three teams running with a Ferrari engine at the back – Ferrari themselves, Alfa Romeo, and Haas. Of course, the Prancing Horse could finally take the lead in the mid-field battle. But the focus will entirely land on the two bottom-field teams.
Haas and Alfa Romeo have been two of the most unpredictable teams on the grid.
So, will the unpredictability play into the two Ferrari-powered teams this time?
Will they finally get to throw in occasional points to their constructor’s tally and watch themselves rise up to the mid-field pack?
Well, let’s see what the future holds.
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