The 2021 Formula 1 season saw Ferrari return to being the third force in the World Championship after the disastrous 2020 campaign in which the Maranello team dropped to sixth place, the worst result in the last 40 years.
The goal set by Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto at the beginning of the 2021 season has therefore been achieved and interesting steps forward have been seen that bode well for 2022, the year in which Ferrari has to continue improving and get closer to Mercedes and Red Bull, taking into consideration the introduction of the new technical regulations. Third place among the manufacturers aside, in fact, Ferrari has not been competing for the title since 2018 and has not won a Grand Prix since 2019. Definitely too much time has passed for the most important Formula 1 team in the history of the sport.
Team principal Mattia Binotto said that beating Mercedes and Red Bull should not be seen as an “obligation”. Certainly, however, Ferrari fans would not be satisfied with finishing the championship again 290 points behind Mercedes. Engineer Luigi Mazzola, a former man of the red team during the time of Michael Schumacher’s triumphs, spoke to the Gazzetta dello Sport about his expectations for next year, calling for greater audacity from all of Ferrari’s top management. “The third place in 2021 can also be positive, given the previous year – acknowledged the former Maranello engineer – there have been improvements. The goal, which is to be the first of the others, behind Mercedes and Red Bull, has been achieved”.- said Luigi Mazzola, who has won 14 world titles in Ferrari F1.
“Now, however – he added – given all that has been said about 2021 and that all the technical efforts have been put into 2022 project, I expect a competitive Ferrari. And I wouldn’t be satisfied with winning a few races. For the mentality of Ferrari and a driver, I would like to hear people say ‘I want to compete to win the world championship’. Then we will see what happens. The difference will be made by the management of the car on the track, I am referring to the mechanical and aerodynamic adjustments, to the use of the tires. With few tests available, some will be more competitive from the start, others later: and there may be some surprises. But Ferrari must be ready. It’s time, isn’t it? “.