As the title fight continues, the big fear is that as soon as one of the teams gains an advantage, the other will turn its attention to 2022. Indeed, as the battle for midfield supremacy swings one way and then the other, the chances are that this too will die down as focus switches to next season.
At Ferrari, Sporting Director, Laurent Mekies admits the decision has already been made.
“It’s for us very clear,” says the Frenchman, “the vast majority of our resources are on 2022. It’s an efficiency race now. We had to choose, we have made our choice and we are pretty much on full push on 2022. It doesn’t mean that you will not see things coming here and there but certainly the vast majority of the effort has switched already. Already on one side it’s painful,” he admits, “because the gaps are small this year. But on the big picture it’s clear for us where the strategy needs to be pushing and that’s for next year’s car. Again, it doesn’t mean that we will not have a good fight with the midfield during the next twenty races but we’ll have to do that on a race-by-race basis without counting on the flow of parts coming.” – the Ferrari Sporting Director explained, ahead of the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season.