Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto on what we can expect for the 2022 Formula 1 season, in a recent interview for www.corriere.it:
Mattia Binotto: “It will be a very different season, with very different cars from the ones we know. The regulation is completely new, different shapes and aerodynamics, all different suspension and mechanics. We expect different cars to drive, the drivers will have to adapt. They will be much faster cars in the fast sections and corners, they will probably be slower in the slower sections. They will be stiffer and lower, so more complicated for the drivers as well. We can expect some surprises, especially at the start of the season, where some teams will have come up with better solutions that others haven’t thought of. As a team, we will also have to show the ability to react if necessary [development]. For Ferrari to get back in front is our responsibility. As Ferrari, winning must always be the objective. In F1 nobody can say they are going to win before they even get on track. In our DNA, we have to compete and fight for pole positions and victories every time. This is a goal that is clear to everyone in the team. We are all working hard to get the team back to where it belongs and that is with the best.”
“If I look at the past there were many areas where we needed to improve: engine, chassis, aerodynamics and the development tools between calculation and track. Today I see an improved team. We’ll see the fruits of our work in that moment, when we take the new car on track.
We will have to be good, regardless of how the car behaves, to be able to understand and analyse it.”
Mattia Binotto rating the 2021 season of Ferrari: “7 for the way we have grown, continuously and smoothly, despite the frozen regulations.
And the drivers deserve 8. But it is obvious that we cannot be satisfied. To repeat the performance of this season would be unacceptable next year. It hurt to see the others celebrating. We’ll be back to fight for wins and poles, and as Ferrari we can’t start off in a bad mood, cycles are built on wins and we want to win as much as possible. But the World Championship title right away is not an obligation.”
Mattia Binotto confirms that negotiations with Philip Morris are still ongoing, even though not as main title sponsor:
“We are negotiating for them to remain in another form.”
The Italian side’s Team Principal explains that the 2022 Ferrari was born to dare, it reflects a new “open-minded” philosophy:
“In the wind tunnel we tried out hundreds of concepts before deciding on the final solutions. It‘s a completely innovative project.”
The 2022 Ferrari engine will be one of the strong points: rebuilt from scratch, the V6 will be integrated with the hybrid part introduced at the end of September in Sochi. The hybrid part will also be evolved to close the power gap with Mercedes and Honda.