British-Belgian racing driver Lando Norris has tipped Scuderia Ferrari to be even stronger in the 2022 Formula 1 season and not only to add to their podium column this season, but also their win tally taking into consideration the strength of the Maranello team’s power unit in the second half of last year.
Lando Norris was by far McLaren’s best driver in 2021 as the British motor racing team based in Woking was involved in a close battle with Scuderia Ferrari for third place in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings, which the Maranello team eventually won thanks to a strong end to the season, mostly as a result of the power unit update. 48.5 points seperated the two of the great names of Formula 1. In the World Drivers’ Championship, Lando Norris finished between the two Ferrari drivers, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, just 4.5 points behind his former team-mate.
Given that the Italian side was able to significantly improve on their disappointing 2020 campaign, helped also by the contributions of its two young drivers, Lando Norris believes Scuderia Ferrari’s upward trajectory won’t stop there. The McLaren driver is not just expecting the Maranello team to score more podiums, but also to be involved to constant duels for race wins:
“The progress they’ve made in the latter part of the season has had nothing to do with the car,” Lando Norris said, as reported by Spanish newspaper Marca – “They have only improved their power units. I don’t think they’ve ever had a terrible car. Even in the last few years, I don’t think they’ve had a terrible car. They just lacked on the engine side.” – he added.
Lando Norris continued: “When the power unit was good, they won races, so I expect them to be very competitive. This year they said they haven’t invested in the development of the car and they were all focused on next season. They are Ferrari, I think the most successful team in F1, and they are for a reason. I expect them to fight for wins and podiums next season. If we can join that, that would be fantastic.” – the McLaren driver concluded.
Scuderia Ferrari, meanwhile, feel cautiously optimistic regarding their prospects for the 2022 Formula 1 championship.