Scuderia Ferrari racing director Laurent Mekies admitted that for the Maranello team, the 2021 Formula 1 championship represented mainly a battle against themselves in order to demonstrate clear improvement and a big step forward, despite the limited development possibilities which were available for the previous season.
In the first half of the 2019 campaign, the Italian side was able to fight for race wins and pole positions, but unfortunately the situation changed for the following season, when Ferrari fell back drastically due to several factors, including a FIA technical directive that reduced its Formula 1 engine’s performancecome. The 2020 championship was among the worst years in the team’s history. Therefore, last season needed to represent a major step forward for the Maranello team, with a target that was ultimately achieved, as the Scuderia was able to beat McLaren in the fight for third place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Ferrari and McLaren were the leading duo in the midfield during the 2021 campaign, as the Italian side scored two pole positions with Charles Leclerc in Monaco and Baku and also finished on the podium five teams. Ferrari’s ambitions are of course to fight for much more important results, but it was still a seaon in which the Italian side proved to themselves they could push through their issues and get back on course.
“It was us against us,” Laurent Mekies said, as reported by Motorsport-Total.com – “We gained some confidence early that some of the major issues we had with the previous year’s car were no longer so severe. It doesn’t give you an answer as to where you will be compared to the competition, but it gives you an answer or a clue that’s crucial because it’s also the path that ultimately drives development. It wasn’t a panacea, but it was a step in the right direction. [In 2020] we were not satisfied with the performance. We were not happy with the aero efficiency. We were not happy with the performance we got on the track.” – Scuderia Ferrari racing director Laurent Mekies explained.