The Ferrari team are often seen as a possible title contender next year, having had time to look at their 2022 car very early on, unlike Mercedes F1 and Red Bull.
The Scuderia could have benefited from their no-stakes 2021 season – but still finished in third place – to drastically develop their new concept and get involved in the fight next year.
« When Ferrari comes up with the fastest car and runs over us without warning in the first race, you can tell they did well » Red Bull director Christian Horner said.
But her Ferrari counterpart Mattia Binotto admits that the 2021 season has been full of frustration for her team: « Seeing others celebrate the title is never pleasant » did he declare.
Binotto hopes Ferrari bounces back next year, but expects a tough season for the drivers: « Of course there is a big discontinuity for 2022. Even for those who drive the car, we will have to adapt. »
« Not everyone will adapt the same way, there will be a lot to learn about the driving style. The cars will look more like Formula 2, so those who were strong in F2 will probably be quick in these cars too, » but we still have to see. «
The hierarchy will certainly evolve over the first races of the season, as Binotto explains, given the number of parameters to be discovered: « We won’t even be able to judge after two or three Grands Prix. »
« As everything is different, the teams and the drivers will adapt to the settings, make developments and so on. So it will take a few more races than usual to have a final judgment. »