Italian motorsport engineer and manager Guenther Steiner, currently the team principal of the Haas Formula One Team, reflects on the Ferrari engine for the 2021 Formula 1 season:
“I would say a medium step. I can’t say it’s a big step because then I would show that I am happy and I can’t do that to Ferrari (laughs). In motorsport it is never enough, if you say it is enough, then something is wrong. I think the engine is a step forward, but we don’t know what the other engine manufacturers have done. I don’t have their numbers. I don’t even have the numbers from Ferrari. I trust Ferrari when they tell me that the engine is better. We knew last year, in the second half of the season, when the engine was released internally for production, how it would be. I wasn’t friendly about the engine last year and Mattia heard that in private talks. They made a step forward.”
One small detail in Mick Schumacher’s way of working particularly pleased Guenther Steiner:
“I saw that Mick has a little book in which he writes. I didn’t want to go and secretly have a look at what’s written in it. I hope and believe that there are technical things written in it.” – he explained.