It already seems like it could be a hard season to endure for Ferrari fans, as the Red Bulls and Mercedes seem to be well ahead of the chasing pack in regard to straight line speed and pretty much everything else besides.
However, there will be some races during this 2021 season that should offer some hope to followers of the prancing stallion.
Here we take a look at the tracks that could provide Ferrari with its best chances of glory.
Why There is Not Much Room for Optimism
In order to look to the future, we must first put things in context by looking at the past, and just why it is that Ferrari is happy to be battling for third in the constructor’s championship betting odds rather than top spot.
Basically, this decline in aspiration comes from a disastrous 2020 season, in which the team in red posted their worst numbers since a similarly fraught campaign all the way back in 1980. Some Ferrari and general motor racing fans who saw value in long betting odds available provided by wagering analysts early in the season have since started wagering on the Red Bulls and Mercedes instead, as it became clear that the promised engine upgrades coming from the Ferrari garage were not as potent as had been hoped. These worries were confirmed by those teams such as Haas, who use Ferrari engines in their cars.
This means that even with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. making waves in the sport, Ferrari are expected to be well off the title pace for most of the season.
Street circuits always provide underdogs with a chance to shine and to throw a proverbial cat amongst the pigeons, because one red hot lap from a driver in qualifying can mean the rest of the chasing pack have to then stare at their break lights all race.
With both Sainz and Leclerc blessed with the ability to produce occasional laps of searing speed, perhaps one or both men will be able to put a Ferrari on the front row in the principality.
For many of the same reasons that Monaco may provide an opportunity for Ferrari, so too might the night circuit in Singapore.
Tight tracks such as this mean that even the smallest of errors can mean a big smash and all the drama that the safety car can bring.
Throw in some clever pitstop strategies and it is entirely feasible that Ferrari could at least nab a podium spot or two on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Austria features here mainly because Charles Leclerc had his best result of 2020 there, finishing second to the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who for once got the better of his teammate.
Having already shown proven speed on the Red Bull Ring, Ferrari will be hoping that Leclerc or Sainz can go one better in 2021.
Because the track is also surrounded by mountain ranges, the possibility of bad weather always looms, which could create yet more opportunities for young drivers in search of openings.
There is always added pressure for Ferrari drivers when the team returns to its spiritual home at Monza, but at the same time the energy from the grandstands can boost performance levels.
All past failures would be well and truly forgotten if Carlos Sainz could improve on his podium finish last season, to gift a home race win to the baying crowd.
Lewis Hamilton had his race ruined by stop-and-go penalties in 2020, but generally speaking he loves Monza, so Ferrari and the rest will be wishing more bad fortune on the Brit in the runup to this year’s version of the race.