Scuderia Ferrari are ready for the 2022 Formula 1 season and the Maranello team is cautiously optimistic regarding the prospects of fighting for more ambitious goals after a couple of years of having to settle only for a place in the midfield zone or at beast near the podium places. Ferrari now hope that their new car, which will be called F1-75, powered by a new engine, can be the combined force which gives Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz the tools needed to fight for race wins in 2022.
The Maranallo team feels it has the strongest driver pairing on the grid, and the performances of Charles and Carlos during the previous championship going a long way to back up that statement. Charles Leclerc scored two pole-positions in 2021, on the streets of Monte Carlo and Baku, and also came very close to winning the British Grand Prix.
Carlos Sainz meanwhile enjoyed a great first campaign with the Italian side, scoring four podium finishes, including a P2 on the streets of Monte Carlo. The Spanish driver finished the championship 5.5 points ahead of his Maranello teammate.
Ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 season, Scuderia Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto warned that drivers will have lots of learning ahead to be able to understand and get the most out of the tricky new challengers. The next campaign represents a complete reset for the sport, with major rule changes aimed at creating cars that will look and feel very different to those of past seasons.
And as Mattia Binotto confirmed, such a shift in the machinery will force the drivers to go through a process of adaptation: “2022 will be a completely different season, the cars will differ significantly from the previous GP racers,” he said, as reported by Sky Italia – “The rules are new, the cars will look different and have different aerodynamics. That’s why we expect them to require a different driving style.
And not only are the cars going to be different, Mattia Binotto expects that they will also be more challenging for the drivers to master: “They will be much faster cars in the fast sections and corners, they will probably be slower in the slower sectors. They will be stiffer and lower, therefore more complicated for the drivers as well.” – the Ferrari boss concluded.